Central government employees could finally get the much-awaited news of the Narendra Modi government accepting the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). Several reports confirmed that the Union Cabinet is likely to take it up on Wednesday.
The committee of senior government officials (committee of secretaries, or CoS) to oversee the implementation of the recommendations has submitted its report to the finance ministry, which in turn, is putting up a note for consideration by the government.
"Committee of Secretaries (CoS) has finalised its report on Pay Commission recommendations... We will soon (file) draft Cabinet note based on the report," Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said on June 27, reported CNBC-TV18.
The recommendations are likely to be implemented with retrospective effect from Jan. 1, 2016.
The channel also said that the government is likely to accept the 23.5 percent hike in salaries and allowances for about 47 lakh central government employees and 24 percent increase for 52 lakh pensioners.
However, there could be minor disappointment for the employees and pensioners, according to a report in the Economic Times.
The increase in allowances could be deferred to a later date, though salary hike will be made effective from January, the daily said, adding the government could also opt for a lower increase, given its financial compulsions.
Employees could reject the government's decision to accept the 23.5 percent hike, given that they are angry with the delay and the quantum of hike. They have demanded a minimum monthly salary of Rs. 26,000 as against Rs. 18,000 recommended by the 7th CPC.
The employees have also given a notice to go on strike on July 11.