There is bad news for Central Government employees who have been demanding an increase in the minimum pay as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
Employee unions have been demanding that the minimum pay be hiked from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. The government had earlier assured to look into this issue.
No hike in minimum pay
There were discussions about hiking the pay by the National Anomaly Committee. The committee was looking into the issue. The government has however decided not to go ahead with the demand. There is no scope for change, the government has decided.
Minimum pay at Rs 18,000
Despite efforts by employee unions, the government has decided that the minimum pay would stay at Rs 18,000. The matter is before the committee. It has been sought that the pay be hiked from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. Even if the committee were to consider the same, the government says that there is no scope for any change.
No scope for PSUs
Employees of the Public Sector Units too had made a similar demand. They too had been demanding that their pay is hiked to Rs 26,000. However the government has made it clear it will not be likened to the one that the central government employees are getting.
Finance Minister of India, Arun Jaitley had said after the 7th Pay Commission recommendations were cleared that salaries for central government employees have to be respectable when compared to the ones in the private sector. However employees feel cheated and frustrated as their demand for arrears on allowances from July 2016 was not met.