7th Pay Commission: The Central government Employees had been demanding for a hike in the basic minimum pay and fitment factor since a very long time, however, their hopes have been shattered due to the announcement of the schedule of upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019 by the Election Commission of India on March 10, 2019. According to reports, over 50 lakh Central Government employees will not increment in basic minimum pay or fitment beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
The Central Government Employees were left disappointed as their demand to increase the basic minimum pay up to RS 8,000 did not get any leverage and the centre can’t act on the same either ad the Model Code of Conduct came into force after the announcement of the general election dates. However, the centre had recently announced a 3% hike in the dearness allowances (DA) and dearness relief (DR) for over central government employees and pensioners.
Moreover, a protest was held by the Central government employees from all over the country in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar under the banner of the National Joint Council of Action seeking revision in the minimum pay beyond the seventh pay panel’s recommendations and to terminate the new pension scheme.
Several states announced a hike in the DA and DR for employees and pensioners ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections this year. Uttarakhand government in a cabinet meeting on March 3, 2019 had announced DA increment upto 12% for state government employees, which is set to benefit more than 2.5 lakh government employees in Uttarakhand. Odisha, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir had also announced a hike in DA and DR hike for its employees apart from Uttarakhand.
Meanwhile, it is now clear that the government can’t make any further announcement regarding the increase of Basic Pay for employees as the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Schedule has been announced. Soon after the Election Commission of India declared the dates for Lok Sabha Elections, the Model Conduct came into effect for the government and demands of lakhs of employees got shattered.