The Central government employees observed September 19 as 'All Indian Protest Day' with an aim to put pressure to get hike beyond the recommendations of the seventh pay commission.
The day was observed by the employees despite warning from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) which warned deduction in wages and appropriate disciplinary action against all those who participate in the protest.
The DoPT had said that participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave, go slow etc. or any action that abet any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and will have to face the consequences along with deduction of wages, may also include appropriate disciplinary action.
However, such warning was something that didn't go well with the employees. The DoPT warning may have posed a hindrance before the employees taking part in the protest but it only added to their resentment against the Narendra Modi-led Central government.
"We are demanding what we deserve. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised hike when the recommendations of the pay commission was implemented last year. Now, no one is listening to our genuine demands. Besides, issue of such warning to curtail our voice is unacceptable," rued a CG employee.
Around 50 lakh CG employee have been demanding a hike in the minimum pay since long. Instead of listening to their demand, warning was issued like a dictator's rule in the country. This big number of the CG employees may hurt the Modi government in the ensuing general elections, believe political experts.
The Central government employees have been demanding a hike of Rs 8000 in the minimum pay. They are presently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000and are demanding Rs 26,000- an increase in the fitment factor by 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.