New Delhi, June 29: In a bonanza for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners, the Cabinet today approved implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, which had recommended an overall hike of 23.5 per cent.
But it seems that the recommendations have not been liked the Government employees.
"In the prevailing economic conditions, the proposed hike as per the Pay Commission is inadequate. It is not acceptable to us," M Duraipandian, General Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, Tamil Nadu, said.
"If the government does not heed our demand (on revising the hike), we will be forced to advance the indefinite strike call to July 4 instead of July 11," he told reporters.
Earlier, the confederation members staged a demonstration at Rajaji Bhavan here, home to several government offices. The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, which got the Cabinet nod today, will benefit over one crore government employees and pensioners.
The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The pay panel in November last year had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels -- the lowest in 70 years.
The Commission had recommended a 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore, or nearly 0.7 per cent of GDP.
The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.
The secretaries' panel may have recommended raising minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.
(With inputs from agencies)