Central government employees unions leaders will meet today to discuss their demand of minimum pay hike.It will be the meeting of the Standing Committee Members of Staff Side, National Council JCM over the demand of hiking minimum pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendation.
National Council (staff Side) Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) is an umbrella organisation of various Central Government employees’ unions, including Railways, post and telegraph and Income Tax.
In wake of DoPT letter letter, Shiva Gopal Mishra, Secretary National council (staff Side), Joint Consultative Machinery has called for the meeting to give proper reply to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
DoPT letter dated October 30, addressed to Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary, Staff Side, National Council JCM stating that the demand for increase in minimum Pay and fitment formula do not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of National Anomaly Committee (NAC).
However, National Anomaly Committee (NAC) has been formed in September, 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and the government had said the NAC would discuss any pay hike agenda.
Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised with central government employees unions’ leaders in Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house on June 30, 2016 for hiking Pay and fitment formula through the appoint of a High Level Committee, when the unions had threatened to carry out an indefinite strike on July 11, 2016.
The High Level Committee has not yet been constituted, while the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on June 29, 2016.
Shiva Gopal Mishra Secretary National council (staff Side) JCM is also planning to meet PM Modi to raise the minimum pay hike issue before him.
Accordingly, he said, “We have faith in Prime Minister’s office, we have faith in PM Modi. We are sure that in order to maintain good industrial relations in the country, PM Modi will find an alternate solution.”
Media reports already stated that minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendation was under consideration of the Central government and NAC was likely to recommend minimum pay hike to Rs 21,000 from existing Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.00 times from existing 2.57 times, but DoPT letter now says minimum pay and fitment factor doesn’t come under the purview of the NAC.
The Unions have been demanding minimum pay Rs. 26,000 instead of Rs 18,000 with 3.68 fitment factor.