At least for now, the Central government employees are not going to get a hike in the minimum pay under 7th Pay Commission, which might come as a shocker for millions of government servants eagerly waiting to hear the good news, The Sen Times reported.
According to a report, the government is presently mulling hike in the minimum pay but only after the Dearness Allowance (DA)crosses 50 per cent.
Earlier there were some reports that suggested the government would increase the minimum pay in January. However, after a recent report, the government would take this decision on hiking the pay only after the DA crosses upto 50 per cent mark.
According to several reports, the Union Cabinet is looking to keep a balance between the salary of the Central government employee and the market price.
Although there were reports that the government is considering that there will be ‘no pay commission in future’ and to compensate that it may introduce a new system where the salaries and allowances of the employees would be increased every year instead of once in a period of 10 years.
It is also expected that the department of expenditure will now be responsible to monitor salaries and allowances of the employees on a regular basis and consider the salary and allowance disparities.
So, on the further hike in the minimum pay (after DA crossing 50 per cent) will be decided by the department – it will make a report and submit it to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for further consideration.
Since last 18 months, it is worth mentioning that rumours have been making rounds that the employees who fall under minimum wage slab will get more hike in their basic pay since the day of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. Due to these delay, there were lots of speculations and it has further put them in a state of dilemma making assumptions and presumptions only, but the truth is yet to be out.
Around 48 lakh central government employees were expecting a minimum monthly pay to be increased to Rs 26,000 (as per their demand). However, if reports are to be believed, the government is mulling to hike the pay to only Rs 21,000 from the existing Rs 18,000.