New Delhi: With central government employees rebutting the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and demanding modifications in the entry level pay and fitment factor, the government on July 6 announced the high level committee to look into the demand of the government employees.
As per media reports, the government may not be able to meet the demand of Rs 26,000 as the minimum salary demanded by the unions, but may agree to increase the minimum salary to Rs 20,000.
The Staff Side of the unions have requested the government that before arriving at a final conclusion, the staff side should be given a fair chance to present and discuss the case with the government.
Earlier the central government employees have put on hold for four months their proposed indefinite strike (scheduled for July 11) after the Narendra Modi government announced the formation of a panel to address their concerns over the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).
This follows a meeting trade union leaders had with senior ministers of the BJP-led NDA government on June 30. In the meeting, they had reportedly demanded that the minimum monthly salary be raised from Rs. 18,000 as proposed by the CPC to Rs. 26,000.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu were present at the meeting.
On Wednesday, the government made an announcement as a follow-up to the June 30 meeting.
“They (trade union representatives) had requested that certain issues raised by them in relation to the pay scales and other recommendations of the Pay Commission be allowed to be raised before a Committee of Secretaries looking into different aspects of grievances of employees in relation to the Pay Commission recommendations.
“The Ministers assured the Union leaders that the issues raised by them would be considered by a High Level Committee,” the government said in a statement on Wednesday.
The main grouse of the central government employees is that though the salary hike is projected as substantial, to Rs. 18,000 from Rs. 7,000 at the entry level, it translates into very little given that dearness allowance has been merged with basic pay.
The railway department employs about 13 lakh people.