New Delhi, October 24: The second meeting of senior government officials with central government employees unions leader has already started in New Delhi over the hike in their minimum wage. The meeting started at 4:00 pm and will end in few hours after which a major announcement is expected today. Most of the central government employees believe that the in spite of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s promise, the government had not done enough for them and the government has not cared to make any attempt to hike minimum pay till date. The high-level meeting between the Additional Secretary (Expenditure), Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and the Standing Committee of National Council (Staff Side) JCM, was earlier postponed and it was held today at 4:00 PM.
In the meeting, the JCM Secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra is also present along with senior other officials. Earlier there was a similar meeting held in which senior officers failed to arrive at any decision for hiking the minimum pay of central government employees. Shiv Gopal Mishra was earlier reported saying that, the government has assured us they will act in minimum pay, but so far nothing had happened. After the 7th Pay Commission recommendations made by the panel was accepted by the Narendra Modi government, Shiv Gopal Mishra and his fellow union leaders had threatened to carry out indefinite strike across India.
The government which took seriously the threat then promised to hike the minimum pay of central government employees beyond Rs 18,000. The meeting took place at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house a day after the cabinet cleared 7th Pay Commission award when he met with representatives of central government employees unions’ leaders. One of the central government employees who didn’t wish to be named said, “It is unfortunate that the government has not taken care of our demands which were kept to them almost three months ago”
According to the consensus, the central government employees unions had demanded a hike of Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and also asked to raise the fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. The government had also formed a 22-member high-powered committee headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in September to look at the anomalies coming out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations. The Narendra Modi government has accepted most of the recommendations made by the panel on of the 7th Pay Commission, which has been implemented from January 1, 2016.