7th Pay Commission, 7th CPC Latest News Today: The Central government is likely to pay a minimum 5 per cent hike in the Dearness allowance (DA) to its employees by the end of this month, experts predict. If we go by the prediction, the Central government will also get arrears of few years also. The hike will be given to Central govt employees to lessen the burden of price rise/ inflation in the country. The government had increased the DA by 3 per cent in January 2019. At that point in the time, AICPI was 307 which means the DA was 13.30 per cent per month. In Budget 2018, the DA was increased by 2 per cent.

Experts say if the Index can go up 2 points in a month, the revised DA could grow at 16-17 per cent. The DA is the cost of living adjustment allowance paid to government employees and pension holders to beat the impact of inflation.

Like several other countrymen, the central government employees were expecting that the new budget will bring their long-pending demand, an increase of Rs 8,000 in basic pay, to an end. However, the NDA 2 did not mention such reform on the budget day. The hopes of CG employees were high since the Chief of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), Shiv Gopal Mishra, had said in a Facebook post that the then Home Minister Rajnath Singh has raised his concerns about the pay hike issues.

The CG employees are currently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000 and if the government agreed to meet their demands then they will get 3.68-times hike to the basic pay, making the revised pay Rs 26,000. The CG employees have demanded the Centre to hike the minimum basic pay in the interest of employees.

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