Hopes of central government employees raised, What is the reason?
Hopes of central government employees raised because of Madhya Pradesh government concerning 7th pay commission
7th pay commission: Central government employees are getting salaries according to the 7th pay commission which had recommended a hike as per the fitment factor of 2.57 times. However, the employees have been demanding a hike above and over the 7th CPC recommendation for years now. The employees have been demanding a salary hike as per the fitment factor of 3.68 times. The hike of 2.57 times took the minimum salary to Rs 18,000 while the demanded hike of 3.68 times will power the minimum salaries to Rs 26,000. Their requests have been ignored so far, but hope is rising again.
The central government employees were disappointed as they are yet to receive any official communique regarding their demands. However, some critical recent developments have raised their hopes very high again. The most recent announcement that has raised hopes is that of the Madhya Pradesh government concerning 7th pay commission. Just 3 days ago, the MP government has announced the implementation of the pay hike from January 1, 2016. This means the employees will get 32 months arrears as well.
This follows a series of developments, where BJP ruled states have implemented the recommendations of 7th pay commission for their employees. States like Tripura, Maharashtra and other states have announced a hike in salaries of their employees.
Since Madhya Pradesh is going to polls later this year, the news of government employees salary hike has raised the hope of central government employees as well. While some states are going to polls this year, the Lok Sabha polls will be held next year and that has added to the urgency regarding pay hikes at the Centre. There are about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.
Notably, the central government has recently hiked the dearness allowance by two per cent taking the total to 9 per cent. While that is welcome news, it was done as per the recommendations of the 7th pay commission report. The employees are hopeful that their demands may be fulfilled before the general elections.