Even as lakhs of Central government employees are waiting for the setting up of the high level committee on minimum wage, media reports are pouring in that the government has denied forming any such committee.
As per media reports, the government now decided that it would not to appoint any High Level Committee to examine the minimum pay and allowances as was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.
In a bid to look after the minimum pay, fitment formula revision and other main demands of central government employees the government had assured to set up a committee to look into these.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the recommendations of the Pay Commission, various central government employees’ unions have threatened to go on an indefinite strike post the announcement of pay commission recommendation on June last year.
The Unions had asked the government to set up a committee to look into issues raised by them in relation to the pay scales and other recommendations of the Pay Commission.
The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on June 29 last year cleared the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission according to which the overall hike in salary and allowance of central government employees and pensioners comes to 23.5 percent.
The new scales of pay provide for entry-level basic pay going up from Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000, while at the highest level i.e. Secretary, it would go up from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. For Class 1 officers, the starting salary will be Rs 56,100.
The recommendations will benefit over 1 crore employees. This includes over 47 lakh central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.