7th Pay Commission update: CG employees ambiguous of Modi govt increasing basic pay
The National Anomaly Committee (NAC) meeting, scheduled to be held on October 7, has been postponed disappointing and adding to the woes of the lakhs of Central government employees who had been waiting for a ‘Diwali bonanza’ from the Narendra Modi-led Central government.
The committee was to meet last week and take a call on further raising the minimum pay as recommended under the 7th Pay Commission.
However, the hike is likely to be restricted to around 17% of the Central government employees’ present salary.
The reason behind the postpone of the meeting is believed to be the yet to be finished discussions of NAC members while other believe that the Modi government is intentionally stretching the issue.
What Cental Government Employees Feel?
“It’s a failure of the committee as it could not reach out to a consensus. Besides, one can’t deny the role of the government in delaying the matter for political gains,” said a Bhubaneswar-based retired Indian Railways employee.
“We were already deprived of what we deserved with the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. A further increase in the basic pay will not help the pensioners much but it will definitely help the working employees. However, nothing can be told right now as the policies of the NDA government have been unpredictable when it comes to the employees’ section,” said another retired CG employee.
“NAC meeting postponed… It was something expected from this government. We have demanded 45% hike in minimum pay but as per reports in the media, the government is considering a mere 17% hike. We are quite confident that we will never get the pay as per our demand but it’s important to see what the NAC and the government will come up with to save their face,” said a disappointed employee.
Expectations from the NAC Meeting
As per the latest news, the Centre has made it clear that the fitment factor will be increased to 3 times.
Reports are also there that the government has the required funds to meet the extra burden with the implementation of the revised pay. So, of course, the NAC is expected to vote in favour of what the government employees want.
The Central government employees may not be happy with the news of the mere hike of Rs 3000 against their current pay Rs 18,000, but it’s not possible on the part of the government to hike more than that at least for now, said sources.