Central Government Employees protest 7th pay commission recommendations
Central government employees observed Friday as black day to protest against some of the “retrograde recommendations” of the seventh pay commission. They worked sporting black badges in protest. They also threatened that they would go on indefinite strike if the Union government does not consider recommendations of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) of central government employees.
As per the employee coordination committee, the Pay Commission has recommended to increase the pay gap between the minimum pay and maximum pay from existing 1:12 to 1:13.8 which is more than our demanded ratio of 1:8. The fifth and sixth Central Commissions have given a pay rise of 40 per cent, while this Pay Commission has only given a pay increase of 14.29 per cent. The employees are totally disappointed with the recommendations of the seventh pay commission which is the worst-ever after the second pay commission. Central government employees were expecting a minimum pay of Rs 26,000 but the pay commission has recommended only Rs 18,000. This amounts to an increase of just Rs 2,250 from the present pay of Rs 15,750 after a period of 10 years.
After the deductions towards the Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) worth Rs 1,500 and the contribution towards the New Pension Scheme, effectively there will be hardly any increase in the take home salary. In the pay commission has recommended for abolition of various 27 allowances like risk allowance, small family allowance, festival advance, motor cycle advance and others. Associations representing central government employees also pointed that the pay commission reduced the House Rent Allowance (HRA) from existing 30 per cent to 24 per cent, 20 per cent to 16 per cent and 10 per cent to 8 per cent.
This is against the interests of central government employees, they accused.
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