7th pay commission: Central government employees may soon hear good news; here is why

7th pay commission: At a time when central government employees await a hike in minimum salary as well as fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th CPC, Centre has cleared these benefits for quite a number of sections of its staff. Quite a few state governments have done the same for their employees. This has set of a trend of sorts and it may well augur better things to come for central government employees at last. In short, it suggests the chances of them getting their demands met have risen manifold.

As far as central government employees are concerned, while 7th Pay Commission has been implemented for them quite some time ago, they have not received a go-ahead to their long-term demands of hiking minimum salary as well as the fitment factor beyond the 7th Pay commission recommendations.

Among the trend setting acts has been the NDA government approving AAP government’s Amendment to minimum wages ACT. This will ensure adequate wages to these concerned workers.

Also, the government brought cheers to lakhs of retired teaching and non-teaching staff, including retired employees of the Central Universities and Colleges by raising their wages in accordance with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The latest Modi government decision is likely to benefit as many as 23 lakh retired teachers and non-teaching staff of universities. It was taken yesterday.

Another segment of the government workforce, which was demanding end to pay anomaly as a result of implementation of 7th pay commission for Dept of Post that was not applied to them, also got their salary hiked by the central govt. 

The good news may be setting the momentum elsewhere too. Now, central government employees want fitment factor of 3.68 times with minimum pay scale of Rs 26,000. This is after the Union Cabinet revised their minimum pay to Rs 18,000 from previous Rs 7,000 per month, along with fitment factor of 2.57 in June 2016 leading to a major hike in all central government employees salaries.

It was rumoured for a while that the government may hike minimum pay to Rs 21,000 and fitment factor by 3.00 times. However, the NDA government at Centre claimed that they are not really looking to hike minimum pay beyond the recommendations provided in the 7th CPC report.


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