New Delhi, Mar 1: In what may be a good news for the central government employees, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Modi government is open to meet these employees' demand seeking a better pay hike over the recommendations of the 7th pay commission. He also said that the final burden of pay hike of central govt employees is yet to be assesed.
Jaitley on Monday said that government will prioritise its expenditure as the outgo due to the 7th Central Pay Commission award and implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) for defence forces will lead to additional burden on the exchequer.
The Government, therefore, has to prioritise its expenditure", Jaitley said while presenting the Union Budget 2016-17 in Lok Sabha on Monday.
During the financial year 2016-17, central government has to make provision for about Rs 1.10 lakh crore to meet the liabilities on account of the Pay Commission and OROP, Jaitley said earlier this month.
In his Budget speech on Monday, the Finance Minister said the government has been able to improve its budgeted expenditure due to revenue buoyancy in the current fiscal, despite a steep cut in central share of taxes.
"We see these challenges as opportunities... We wish to enhance expenditure in the farm and rural sector, the social sector, the infrastructure sector and provide for recapitalisation of the banks.
"This will address those sectors which need immediate attention. Once the Government discharges these priority obligations, it shall then focus on other areas which are also of utmost priority to the Government," Jaitley said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is open to meeting central government employees' demand seeking a better pay hike over the recommendations of the 7th pay commission.
"The secretaries panel will decide the final burden on the government, a significant part of liabilities arising out of 7thCPC have already been factored in the Budget", said Jaitley, while replying to a question in his post -Budget interaction with media on Monday.
The central government employees unions have been seeking a minimum pay hike of Rs 26,000, a hike of around 44% on the pay panel's recommendation.
(With inputs from agencies)