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New Delhi, June 30 : The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

The pay hike for Central government employees announced by the Central government has been disappointing. Based on the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations, there is only an increase of 14.2 per cent in the emoluments in terms of gross salary and the increase in the take-home pay is just 7.4 per cent for the lowest category. The Central Government has deferred the decision on the revision in allowances.

The ratio between the lowest and the highest scale continues to be wide with the ratio being 1:14.

It is unfortunate that the government did not consider it worthwhile to have discussions with the employees’ organizations before making the announcement on salaries and pension.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that the government hear the views of the employees organizations in the matter and on that basis to make a revised announcement.

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