7th Pay Commission: Central Government Employees to Go on Indefinite StrikeNew Delhi, December 2: After the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided not to increase the minimum wage of the central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, the union have decided to go on an indefinite strike to oppose the government’s decision. (Also Read: 7th Pay Commission: Rahul Gandhi Questions Modi Government on Low Minimum Pay, Demands Hike)
Since last one month, central government employees are upset with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. They said that he was the one had assured to look into the pay hike issue.
“We were assured by a group of ministers including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He has betrayed us and we will not keep quiet,” a government official said.
Some reports suggest that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are soon likely to meet and discuss a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
A report quoted a source within the ministry saying that the Finance Ministry officials are likely to meet and discuss a proposal for hiking minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. After this, the hopes of one crore central government employees were completely crushed when a finance ministry official confirmed that there will be no hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission.
The Union Cabinet had earlier given their nod to raise the minimum pay to Rs 18,000 per month on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from Rs 7,000 per month and maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.25 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh for the cabinet secretary and a fitment factor to 2.57, as proposed by the 7th Pay Commission.
However, the central government employees on the other side demanded a raise in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000, a hike by Rs 8,000 and fitment factor of 3.68 times from 2.57 times, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.