All the speculation related to basic pay hike of Central government employees under the 7th Pay Commission report is expected to end soon with the central government pondering to take a final call on the demands of the employees in April this year. Centre is planning to hike the basic pay of central government personnel by raising fitment factor three times and that is what has sparked a raging debate and it is continuing for long and there is no end in sight. Government is also ensuring the issue stays alive simply by not putting rumours to rest and thereby provide relief to government employees and close this chapter once and for all.
Under the 7th Pay Commission, government employees have been asking for the fitment factor to be raised by 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times. This means if their demand is fulfilled, employees will get Rs 26,000 from the existing Rs 18,000. Ever since the implementation of the 7th CPC, government employees have been demanding minimum pay be hiked as high as Rs 26,000. Chances are that the government will implement the new salary hike with effect from April 1. However, the government is still to confirm anything officially in this matter leaving sarkari servants anxious and frustrated. However, employees believe that even if the fitment factor is increased by three times it will do no good to their financial position. So, they want it to be hiked by the larger amount.
A railway employee said that the government is purposely lingering on the issue. He was speaking to Odisha TV. He added that employees will come up with next course of action soon.
The government had earlier promised to increase the pay after the Dearness Allowance (DA) hits 50 percent with an aim to keep a balance between the salary of employees and market price.
Meanwhile, it is being said that the government is planning not to have any more CPC’s in future and to have a new alternative system instead where the salaries and allowances of central government employees will increase every year. Needless to say, this has increased the worries of the public servants as they are not sure any longer exactly what that would mean for them in the future. All in all, 7th Pay Commission had come as a big gain for them.