7th Pay Commission: Did Finance Minister betray Central Government Employees?

| July 26, 2017

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New Delhi: A top central government employees union leader on Monday took a dig at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying he had made false promise of hiking the minimum pay of central government employees beyond Rs 18,000, a day after the cabinet cleared 7th Pay Commission award of basic pay for its employees.

“FM Arun Jaitley had made promise that he will consider to hike the minimum pay of the employees but it never happened. He made false promise,” the union leader told The Sen Times.

“Even if it means making promises he cannot keep and hike in minimum pay can never be paid to central government employees. Big wonder millions of employees queued in the false hope that FM he’d shake his magic money tree at them. Shamefully, Jaitley couldn’t bring himself to admit that his promise was nailed in place by a whopping lie,” he added.

Central government employees have been demanding hike in minimum pay since June 30, 2016, when the Union Cabinet approved implementation of the 7th Pay Commission which had recommended an overall hike of 23.5 per cent and the minimum salary for central government employees has been fixed at Rs. 18,000 per month.

Jaitley had met with representatives of central government employees unions at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house for two hours in the night of June 30, 2016.

Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu had attended the meeting and assured unions leaders of central government employees that their demand of hike in minimum pay would be looked into.

“The minimum pay of central government employees Rs 18,000 was made on recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. But government will consider hiking it after discussions with all stakeholders,” Jaitley had said in the meeting.

National Council (staff side) again demanded hike in minimum pay through their internal letter July 21. They also demanded to solve the pay gap.

The ratio of pay between the highest declared pay matrix (Level-18) and the lowest grade (Level -1) in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is 1:13.9, which was 1:12 in the 6th pay scale.

All pay commissions except 7th Pay Commission made up pay gap between lower paid employees and top officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12.

The National Council (staff side) is continue demanding House Rent Allowance (HRA) at the rate of 30 per cent, 20 per cent and 10 percent of basic pay.

The cabinet approved 7th Pay Commission recommendations for reduction in the HRA rates to 24 per cent for X, 16 per cent for Y and 8 per cent for Z category of cities.

The National Council (staff side) also expressed their resentment over the announcement of non payment of arrears on allowances. The council demanded arrears on HRA from January, 2016.

Source:- TST

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