RTIwala Explains: There is good news for the Central Government Employees. The new pay hike for central government workforce under the 7th Pay Commission would come into effect from 1 April 2018. According to the report, the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) would give in its report on pay commission hike by December 15 this year. After the NAC’s approval, the report would be sent to the cabinet for consent. After cabinet approves it, the hike is expected to be implemented from April 1, 2018. It was earlier reported by several media reports that the new pay hike will be implemented by early January next year.
7th Pay Commission: What are the recommendations?
Meanwhile, it is reported that the 10 central trade unions have begun a three-day protest in front of the Parliament. The protest has begun against the postponement of minimum pay hike under the Seventh Pay Commission. Central government employees have been demanding a hike in minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000. Rs. 18,000 was originally suggested by the 7th Pay Commission.
The unions have also decided to launch their protest against the central government. The protests by Unions have shot over giving no attention to their 12-point charter of demands on minimum wage, social security, and others. According to reports, the NAC may propose hiking minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000. The fitment factor is likely to be increased to 3.00 times from the existing 2.57 times. The central government employees had demanded a rise in Fitment factor to 3.68 times for all employees. It is reported that the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) would submit its report on pay hike by 15 December, which then would be sent to the cabinet for approval. After cabinet nod, the whole process is expected to be over and implemented from 1 April next year.
The Commission, on the other hand, had recommended raising the minimum pay hike to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000. The maximum pay was proposed to be raised from the existing Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. The fitment factor of pay fixation was uniformly approved at 2.57 times of basic pay. These recommendations were approved by the Union cabinet. The government had also permitted a hike in allowances earlier this July.
Where do the Trade Unions stand?
The trade unions that have called for the protests are:
- All India United Trade Union Centre (AICCTU),
- Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC),
- Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC);
- All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC),
- Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS),
- Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU),
- Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA),
- All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU),
- United Trade Union Congress (UTUC), and
- Labour Progressive Federation (LPF).