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Pradeep Singh

Since the day recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission were announced, Central government employees have been demanding for further hike in the minimum pay. The CG employees feel that the recommendation of the commission is not enough and it has no impact on their financial stability.

Rumours related to the matter have been making rounds- several times it raised hopes of good news but always ended in disappointment.

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The recent announcement of increase in the minimum support price (MSP) by the Modi government has once again raised expectations and it is believed that the NDA government would consider the long-standing demand of the CG employees.

As the hike in MSP will definitely drain the Centre's treasury, will the government take another step (hiking minimum pay) putting extra burden on the exchequer?

What Employees Believe?

“Earlier the issue of inflation was raised and now the extra pressure on exchequer...Why should we suffer? The present economic condition of the country is good and the government must take a positive decision in this regard,” said a CG employee.

“Finance Minister Arun Jaitely had promised to increase the salary and we still believe that the concerned department will come up with good news,” said another employee, adding that further hike in minimum pay will not have a massive impact on the country’s finances.

Will Modi govt increase minimum pay before 2019 Elections?

Now, this is what giving birth to all those rumour mills. It is widely believed among the employees and others that the government will not take the risk of disappointing such a huge number (CG employees) ahead of the elections.

Turning blind to the demands of the employees will adversely affect the prospects of the NDA sarkar next year. It’s a genuine demand in view of the present market condition, believe political experts.

They also hinted that if the Lok Sabha polls are preponed (as expected) then it would not be possible for the government to increase the minimum pay (only if the Modi government is seriously considering the matter as there is no hint so far from the government side related to the hike except the reports in the media).

The government employees have been demanding a hike the minimum pay from the present Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000- an increase in the fitment factor 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.

Earlier, reports were there that the government was mulling to increase the minimum by to Rs 21,000 under the seventh pay commission but nothing in this regard has been materialized yet.

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