At a time when over 50 lakh Central Government employees are waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the festive season began for the retired employees of a state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government has has given a good news to its pensioners by increasing the Dearness Relief (DR). The news comes a month before the Assembly Elections in five states and a few months before Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
On Thursday, the Haryana government increased the Dearness Relief (DR) for state government pensioners and family pensioners by 2 per cent. The hike comes into effect from July 1, 2018. The decision would put an additional burden of about Rs 92.64 crore on the state exchequer for 8 months from July 2018 to February 2019 in the financial year 2018-19.
Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu, while announcing the decision, said, “DR has been raised on the pattern of the Central government employees from existing seven per cent to nine per cent.”
Meanwhile, speculations are rife that over 50 lakh central government employees are likely to get a pay hike soon. If reports are to be believed, the Centre may soon announce a hike of Rs 2,000 in the minimum pay of the Central Government employees. The hike, however, will not be beyond 7th Central Pay Commission or 7th CPC recommendations.
The Central Government employees are demanding a hike of Rs 8,000 which will take up their salaries to Rs 26,000. On the other hand, they are also seeking an increase in the fitment factor by 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.
The hike of Rs 2,000, if at all it comes, will act as a breather for the Central Government employees before the Lok Sabha polls. Amid all the reports, it may be noted that in March, Minister of Finance (MoS) P Radhakrishnan had declared that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government employees and retirees beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
Source - Zee News