7th Pay Commission : A wave of good news?
The Central Government employees and retirees who have been waiting for hike of Rs 8,000 in minimum pay and an increase of 3.68 times in fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations are likely to hear a good news on the same by next week. If reports are to be believed, the announcement on a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor can be made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in five days, i.e. on August 15 (Independence Day). Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government employees on Thursday ended their 3-day strike which began on August 7 over various demands including implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission or 7th CPC report.
Around 17 lakh Class-3 and Class-4 employees of Maharashtra government withdrew the stir on Thursday after receiving positive assurances from the state administration.“We held discussions with the chief minister and the finance minister in the past and with the chief secretary today. The government has agreed to most of our demands,” Milind Sardeshmukh, president of the organisation which called for the protest, told PTI on Thursday.
Earlier on Saturday, the Maharashtra Government had announced that its employees will get increased salary under 7th Pay Commission from January 2019. The decision, which will impose an additional burden of a whopping Rs 21,000 crore on the exchequer, is expected to benefit around 17 lakh state government employees.
In a similar announcement, the Haryana Government, last week as per 7th Pay Commission, had approved the pay scale recommendations to the teaching and non-teaching staff of government universities, government colleges and government aided colleges with effect from January 1, 2016. The decision will benefit teaching and non-teaching staff working on 2,853 posts in various universities and colleges and will put an additional burden of Rs 230.6 crore annually on the state exchequer.
Besides announcement of 7th Pay Commission recommendations on August 15, the Central Government employees and pensioners are also likely to get another hike in the dearness allowance (DA). The report has strengthened the base of the hopes of 50 lakh Central Government employees who are waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.Meanwhile, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh have also started providing the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission to their employees.
These developments come in the wake of the announcement made by Minister of Finance (MoS) P Radhakrishnan in the Rajya Sabha earlier in March that the Centre is not considering making an announcement a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission for 50 lakh Central Government employees.