7th Pay Commission: National Anomaly Committee to meet leaders Thursday for negotiations

New Delhi: The National Anomaly Committee, which was formed to settle issues arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations from August 1, has decided to hold talks on Thursday with leaders of central government employees unions including National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), who have demanded hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000.

The NJCA is an umbrella organisation of various Central Government employees’ unions, including Railways, post and telegraph and Income Tax.

“The National Anomaly Committee has invited us for talks on September 1 in Delhi ahead of proposed nationwide general strike on 2 September and we have agreed to participate in the talks,” NJCA convener Shiv Gopal Mishra said.

The NJCA has offered for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and the and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times approved by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.

If the 2.57 fitment formula is tinkered with, then salary and pension in general for all central government employees will go up.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised to consider to hike the minimum pay of central government employees beyond Rs 18,000, a day after the cabinet cleared 7th Pay Commission award for its employees, when he met with representatives of central government employees unions at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house.

While Finance Ministry sources today said that there is no scope to change in minimum pay Rs 18,000, recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the cabinet.

The sources came up with the remark while talking to us about hiking of minimum pay Rs 18,000 by the National Anomaly Committee more than the the cabinet approval of the minimum pay.

They added “Though Finance Minister had promised hiking minimum pay after the central government employees unions had threatened to carry out an indefinite strike but now public sector workers demand minimum pay of Rs 18,000, similar to the central government employees. They now get minimum pay less than Rs 18,000.”

They gave us an example of Coal India Limited (CIL) workers, who set to join the general strike on September 2 for hiking minimum pay of Rs 18,000 equivalent to central government employees.”

“If government hike minimum pay for central government employees, the government is likely to face difficulty in bearing this extra financial burden for hiking minimum pay of public sector workers equivalent to central government employees. Accordingly, central government employees demand for hiking minimum pay of Rs 18,000 will not be accepted,” they confirmed.

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