According to several media reports, anonymous sources from the finance ministry have said that there are little chances of the government revising the minimum basic pay of the Central Government employees.
The government staff unions have been demanding that their minimum pay is hiked to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000. Justice AK Mathur led 7th Pay Commission had recommended increasing the minimum pay of Central Government employees from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had reportedly promised to ensure its implementation by the beginning of next year.
Earlier, the Sen Times has reported that there is no scope for a change in minimum basic pay as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Union cabinet.
“The cabinet will not clear any proposal on hike in minimum pay including others pay related matter under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations because the cabinet had already passed it,” unnamed sources told the newspaper.
Several employee unions had staged a three-day dharna last month to protest against the delay in minimum wage hike.
Earlier media reports had said the government may walk a middle path and increase the wage threshold from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000 from the existing 2.57 fitment factor to 3.00 and its report will be submitted in December, and after the cabinet approval, the new pay hike will be implemented from April 2018.
The Rs 21,000 cap will help bring in over six million more employees under the social security net without putting a strain on the government exchequer.
In June, the Union cabinet raised several allowances, including that for house rent, for a majority of the 4.7 million government employees, by more than what the seventh pay panel had suggested last year.
Announcing the government’s decision, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said government salaries have to be respectable in comparison to the private sector, for which the Commission had engaged IIM-Ahmedabad for making a comparison.
Source:- Times Now