Changes in ‘already implemented’ 7th Pay Commission on the cards?
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: In the history of pay commissions, the Central government employees would have never found themselves in such a catch-22 situation where they had to spend so much of their time pondering over its recommendations. Since the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, resentment among the employees has been brewing; they are protesting, threatening of stir and are presently in an ambiguous environment of “pay commission.”
The Central government employees have been demanding to increase the minimum pay from the existing Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. They are of the opinion that the present salary is not sufficient for them taking into account the present market situation, among other reasons. Besides, they stressed that it would have no impact on their financial position.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earlier told that the pay would be hiked further but he didn’t keep his promise. The government has been dilly-dallying the issue. There is the need to clear the employees whether the pay will be hike or not. There’s no point in playing with the emotions of employees, said a government employee.
Most of the Central government employees have nearly same type of opinion over the issue. It is worth mentioning that National Anomaly Committee (NAC) was earlier formed to look into the matter and submit a report. However, after lingering the issue for months, the NAC also failed to come up with a solution, crushing all hopes of the employees.
Meanwhile, a finance ministry has reportedly informed that the government would issue a gazette on the new pay in the next financial year. While taking to the media, he said the government is likely to meet most of the demands of the employees and after that there would not be any type of complaint.
All ‘low paid’ central government employees will get salary as per the new hike from next fiscal, he said, adding that the pay issue will be fixed by the government soon after discussions with all stakeholders.
Worth mentioning, the finance minister had earlier said that the minimum pay Rs 18,000 had not been made as per the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations and it would consider an increase after discussions with all stakeholders.