“Rumors have been making rounds that we will get further hike in our basic pay since the day of the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission. It has put us in a state of dilemma making assumptions and presumptions only, but the truth is yet to be out. If there won’t be any further hike, the Centre should come out with a clear announcement or the media houses should stop publishing news on the issue,” said a disappointed Central government employee.
There is no reason to exaggerate the issue when something is not clear, he said adding that such news are doing nothing good than adding to the employees’ woes.
Resentment is obvious as even after more than one year of formation of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC), neither a meeting has been held in real terms to take a final call on the issue nor the government has come out with an announcement.
A news recently hit the headlines that the NAC meeting got delayed as the government is busy focusing on the ensuing assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. It certainly disappointed the lakhs of employees who were confident of a hike in their minimum pay.
Similarly, some media organisations reported that the government has already given green signal to hike the minimum pay in the very interest of the employees, keeping its promise. Some even dubbed the NAC as ‘Non Action Committee’.
“There is nothing certain on the basis of which we can reach to a conclusion. The government is well aware of our demands and our problems too. With the rising living cost, we need a fair amount that can help us to ensure our financial position not being threatened. But, our woes have also become a part of politics and we doubt what our future come up with,” said another Central government employee on condition of anonymity.
It is worth mentioning that many a disappointed Rajasthan government employees (a BJP-ruled state) on November 1, burnt the copy of the 7th Pay Commission notification at around 1,500 places in the State demanding the implementation of the pay commission from January 2016 instead of October 2017 (as per the notification). Besides, they warned of agitation if the government did not heed to their demand and come out with an amicable solution.
Meanwhile, the Central government employees are expecting the minimum pay to be increased to Rs 26,000 (as per their demand). However, if reports are to be believed, the government is mulling to hike the pay to only Rs 21,000 from the existing Rs 18,000.
“We are not demanding more that what we deserve. Let’s see what the government think about our contribution to our work and the society. We had dedicated to our work for the whole life and now we are demanding something that can assist us to lead a financially stable life,” said a retired railway employee.