7th Pay Commission: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers have been for long demanding pay hike in accordence with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, yet their demands have not been heard by the government. SSA teachers in various states staged protest demanding implimentation of 7th CPC pay scale and clear their pending dues in the past. In a latest development, SSA teachers in Kashmir have gone on strike demanding pay hike. The protest that started more than a week ago is still going on. These teachers say the government is not serious about their demand and they will continue with their protest. police even detained some teachers last week.
Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, however, recently assured the protesters that the government was considering their demand and they should abandon their protest.
Even as the central government employees wait for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, thousands of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers in Kashmir continued with their protest on Saturday to demand implementation of the 7th CPC.
Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet recently said,”Chaired a meeting regarding the salaries of SSA teachers to find a swift resolution to this issue.” Authorities were also directed to release these teachers’ pending salaries.
On Wednesday, police reportedly detained some protesting teachers at the Shaheed Gunj police station.
However, there were no communication yet from the government on the minimum pay and fitment factor hike, which will benefit about 48 lakh employees. As the 2019 General Elections is approching, there were some reports which suggested that PM Narendra Modi may increase minimum pay and fitment factor of the central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on August 15.
However, State in Finance P Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha in March this year that the government was not considering minimum pay and fitment factor hike of the central government employees. The 7th Central Pay Commission proposals were sent to the government in November 2015 and it was approved on 28 June, 2017.