With the end of the last Cabinet meeting on Thursday, the hope that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government would hike the minimum pay of the Central government employees beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, seems to have been crushed again.
The CG employees have been demanding a hike in their fitment factor stating that the present basic pay is not enough and it has failed to put any impact on their financial position.
As there seems to be no other forum available for the Modi government to announce a hike in the minimum pay for the CG employees and the Election Commission of India is soon to announce election dates following which the model code of conduct would come into effect, it doesn't seem anyway possible for the Modi government to announce any such bonanza for the employees as of now.
However, it was earlier reported that Home Minister Rajnath Singh had been seriously considering demands of the CG employees and he even took it up with the minister concerned.
Besides, the Modi government has recently announced increase in Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) for employees.
Taking into account the present financial condition, it would not have been possible for any government to hike the minimum pay. Besides, elections are already round the corner and so, it can be expected that there would be an increase in the pay. However, a considerable hike for the CG employees after the elections can't be ruled out, said a financial expert.
So, it can be expected that the Modi government will not disappoint the CG employees and come up with a hike after the elections, if voted to power once again.
The CG employees are presently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000. They have been demanding a hike of Rs 8000 or an increase in the fitment factor by 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.