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Govt staff postpones strike after Rajnath's assurance on pay hike

On July 2, reports said that the govt is considering increasing minimum pay up in view of the strike threat

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Publish Date: Jul 7 2016 9:28AM | Updated Date: Jul 7 2016 9:28AM

Govt staff postpones strike after Rajnath's assurance on pay hike

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Central government employees planning an indefinite strike from July 11 against the "meagre" pay hike announced in the 7th Pay Commission have postponed it for four months after  assurance, government sources said on Wednesday.

 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured the employees that a high-powered committee will consider the issue. 
 
On July 2, reports said that the government is considering increasing the minimum pay up to Rs 20,000 in view of the strike threat. 
 
Employees associations were, on the other hand, unyielding that the minimum pay should be Rs 26,000.
 
Shivgopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railway Men Federation and Convenor of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) had on that day said that the strike won't be called off until the government comes out with a formal proposal on pay hike. 
 
The NJCA is a front formed by six government staff unions, including Confederation of Central Government Employees (CCGE), All India Defence Employee Federation and National Coordination Committee of Pensioners Association, to oppose the hikes given by the 7th Pay Commission.