Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Central government employees were happy prior to the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) but since the day of its implementation, a huge disappointment has engulfed all. They were to get the fruit of 10 years of hard work but all that they received is a rotten fruit, says a Bhubaneswar-based retired employee of the Indian Railways.
There is news that the Modi government will increase the minimum pay to Rs 21,000 next year. But will it have any impact on the employees' financial position...? Not at all! They have become a victim of anti-employee policies of the Central government, he added.
The Central government employees have got an average hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay under the 7th CPC, which they protested and demanded further hike in the minimum pay. The government is also likely to increase the basic pay to Rs 21,000 from the present Rs 18,000, but the employees stand firm on their demand of increasing it to Rs 26,000.
Besides, the employees want arrears on the revised pay. “If the government will increase the minimum pay as per its own convenience and doesn’t even give arrears on it, it can’t be brought into play. Increase the minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and don’t give arrears, if want so,” said a Central Income Tax employee.
If the Narendra Modi-led BJP government will not consider the demands of the Central government employees, it will affect the party’s prospects in the 2019 general elections. People have now got to know that the saffron party’s words or promises are just like bubbles, says a disappointed senior clerk working at Central Vigilance Department in Odisha.
“NDA government is the worst one for the Central government employees. Common and poor people, including the Indian Armed Forces personnel are worst hit,” said SK Nair Kulengara working with the Indian Navy.
“The employee unions have already conveyed their feelings to the Finance minister Arun Jaitley that the present pay hike under the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission is not enough as it comes after ten years. Hope, the demand to raise it by Rs 8,000 more will be considered by the good office of the minister,” said another employee of the Indian Navy.
Besides, the employees feel that after the 7th pay scale, the pay gap between the highest maximum pay and the lowest minimum pay is 1:14 but it was 1:12 in the 6th CPC and so, it must be reduced.