NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was briefed about the 7th Pay commission recommendations and demands of Central Government employees after she assumed office.
The employees aren’t satisfied with recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission regarding minimum pay and have been demanding a hike of Rs 8000 and increase in the fitment factor up to 3.68 times. The minimum pay currently stands at Rs 18,000 and with the increase will rise to Rs 26,000.
Before the Lok Sabha Elections, the Centre was in talks with senior officials regarding the demands, but it hit a roadblock after the Model Code of Conduct came into force.
Now with the return of the Modi government with a thumping majority, talks can begin again. However, some media reports state that it’ll take some time to fulfil the demands of the Central Government employees, and if the government has to provide immediate relief, the increment won’t be particularly high.
Meanwhile, the government has declared a five-fold increase in the incentives for CG employees who have got higher education degree during their service in any department.
Five-fold increase for some CG employees
- The CG employees who have a PhD degree or equivalent certificate will be given Rs 30,000 under the government’s 7th Pay Commission latest recommendations.
- Employees who have cleared the PG Degree or Diploma course of duration one year above or equivalent will get Rs 25,000.
- Those employees who pursued a PG Degree or Diploma of duration one year or less or equivalent will get Rs 20,000 as incentives.
- There are also incentives of Rs 15000 for employees who have a Degree or diploma of more than three years in any subject.
- For those who acquired a Degree or diploma of a duration of three years or less or equivalent will get an incentive of Rs 10000.
How to claim incentive?
The employees have to submit their education qualification details and documents to their departments, in order to receive the incentive. The departments have fixed guidelines for the same.
Just before the announcement of Lok Sabha polls, the Central Government had announced a 3 per cent hike in the Dearness Allowance (DA) and Dearness Relief (DR) for employees and pensioners.
The move was followed by the governments in at least five states.
Sitharaman took charge of ministries allotted to her on May 30.