Hopes have risen amongst the employees of the Central Government for the much-awaited hike in minimum pay. Lakhs of employees have been holding protests and waiting for a hike in their basic allowances, which they were promised if PM Narendra Modi is back in power. Naturally, hopes are high.
It is reported that presently the minimum pay of a central government employee is Rs 18,000. If the 7th Pay Commission is implemented, there will be a hike of about Rs 8000, which will take the minimum salary up to nearly Rs 26,000.
Modi had earlier ordered the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in 2016, and therefore, the central government employees may be receiving the arrears for three years.
Now, the fitment factor has been increased by 2.57 times by the 7th CPC, but the government employees have been asking for a minimum basic pay of Rs 26,000 with a fitment factor 3.68 times. It is reported that the Government may consider increasing the basic pay to Rs. 21,000 and the fitment factor by three times.
In 2016, the allowance of central government employees on deputation had been increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,500. The minimum salary of the central government employees was also hiked to Rs 18,000. In October, the following year, the salaries of more than eight lakh teachers of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the UGC-financed institutions was also hiked to a range of Rs 10,400 and Rs 49,800.