Speaking at a press conference in the evening after the Cabine cleared the recommendations, Jaitley said the decision was historic. “Congratulations to the central government officers, employees and pensioners on a historic rise in their salary and allowances through the 7th CPC,” Jaitley had said.With elections to the key states of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab due next year, the BJP-led goverment is keen on ensuring that the ‘achche din’ slogan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi resonates among the salaried class – where the core of the votebank rests.
While the government is hopeful that this ‘historic’ salary hike will better the sentiment among its workforce, the Opposition called it pittance.
Congress spokeperson Randeep Surjewala said the hike was insignificant. “The Sixth Pay Commission had recommended a 20 per cent hike in salaries and allowances but the then Congress government doubled it to 40 per cent. The 7th Pay Commission recommended a hike of 14.29 per cent and Modi government merely raised it to a pittance of 15 per cent.”
His party colleague Ajay Maken, too, took a dig at the BJP government saying the people’s dreams of achche din were shattered. “Huge let down for government employees – lowest ever salary hike in last 70 years – their dreams for ‘Achchey Din’ are over now,” Maken said.The Left, which has been demanding better wages for the workforce – and specially the lower rung of government officers, has decided to take up the matter in the upcoming Parliament session beginning mid-July.
“Usually and even now the suspicion is that higher ranking bureaucrats and officers have gained more than the ones who are not so high ranking. That is patently unfair. We will study that,” CPM’s Sitaram Yechury said, adding that the Monsoon Session of Parliament will see the issue being debated.
Swarajya Abhiyan founder Yogendra Yadav, who has been campaigning for the rights of farmers specially in the state of Haryana had this tweet: “Now that 7th pay commission for govt employees implemented, when should we expect the 1st income commission for farmers?”