The Central Government employees are likely to witness a hike in their pay or in the Dearness Allowance (DA) vis-à-vis the 7th Pay Commission thus signaling glad tidings for the year 2020 to the Union Government employees.
This could be a reality ahead of the Budget Session - 2020 likely to be convened from January 31, 2020 onwards, and the Union Budget expected to be presented on February 1, as per the sources.
As per the reports, for the period from January 2020 to June 2020, there could be a 4 per cent increase in DA, which may be based on the 3 per cent surge in the inflation numbers between July 2019 and June 2020, this given, the hike in dearness allowance is done on basis of inflation in the previous half of the year i.e. from July to December in the previous year.
The previous assurance regarding the pay hike was given in the year 2016 with little progress thereafter. However, in the wake of, fresh talks about hike doing rounds, the CG employees have something positive to cheer about.
Though, the Union Cabinet had accented to hike the DA, there was no talk about increasing the basic minimum pay or the salaries contrary to that of the CG employees demand to increase their basic pay to Rs 26,000.
The basic wage rate was fixed at Rs. 18,000 per month for all the union government employees as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission or 7th CPC in 2015, which the CG employees claim is not sufficient.
If the Union government formalises the hike in Dearness Allowance (DA), it would serve as good news for the employees of the central government, who have been latching on the 7th Pay Commission for sometime now.