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7th pay commission: Here's when Modi govt may bring cheers to 50 lakh employees

Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday has become first Indian state to implement the recommendations of the seventh pay commission.

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7th pay commission: Here's when Modi govt may bring cheers to 50 lakh employees
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Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday has become first Indian state to implement the recommendations of the seventh pay commission. The move of giving a nod to seventh pay commission's recommendations would benefit around five lakh employees. The J&K employees would get their revised salaries from this month. The J&K government announced the good news from its twitter handle. But now the question that remains in minds of 50 lakh Central government employees is when would Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government fulfil the much-awaited demand of employees regarding raising the minimum pay.

Notably, even after an offcial statement from minister of State for Finance, P. Radhakrishnan, that the minimum pay hike won't come beyond the recommendations of seventh pay commission, employees are still expecting a good news. 

P. Radhakrishnan had said that currently the government has no plans to increase the minimum salary beyond the seventh pay recommendations. At present, the Central government employees are getting basic pay according to the fitment formula of 2.57 of the basic pay. 

Fitment factor is a figure used by 7th CPC with which the basic pay in 6th CPC regime (i.e Pay in Pay band + Grade pay) is multiplied in order to fix basic pay in revised pay structure (i.e 7th CPC).

However, after Minister of State for Finance P. Radhakrishnan’s in Lok Sabha clarified that the PM Narendra Modi government is not considering any minimum pay hike beyond the recommendations of the seventh pay commission, the employees' associations reportedly were planning to go on a strike, according to a Sen Times.

NJAC’s Shiv Gopal Mishra, who led the negotiation over 7th Pay Commission on behalf of central government employees, expressed dissatisfaction over the government’s decision and said the struggle for higher minimum pay will continue, the publication said. 

Another report from the same publication stated that the issue of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission was delayed “due to lack of response from the Finance Ministry to the promise of FM Jaitley over the last two years”. The report also said the ministry has sent its decision to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for approval. On June 30, 2016, Arun Jaitley had assured that the demand of raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission would be considered.

The report further said the BJP government is under pressure following protests over “cash crunch, dilution of SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act and the rape incidents”. 

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