Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday tabled Union Budget 2018-19 which brought a lot of cheer to the rural economy and agricultural sector but left the salaried class a little disappointed as the government did not tinker with the income tax rates. But for government employees, this is the most disappointing budget in the history, National Joint Council of Action Chief Shiv Gopal Mishra who is fighting to increase the minimum wage of government employees under 7th Pay Commission said to media.
“We were expecting that the government would have announced some relief for us on income tax but it didn’t happen,” Misra said to Aaj Tak.
“A large number of government employees were expecting that the government might announce an increase in minimum wage, change in fitment formula, an announcement on new pension scheme but it didn’t happen. The government had not announced anything new and I would like to say that for millions of central government employees this is the most disappointing Budget in past 60 years,” Mishra said.
Mishra who has been raising the issue of the minimum wage of government employees rated this budget as 5 out of 10 and said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has repeated same words what he has been saying since last five years. “He (Jaitley) must also work on how he can implement those promises made by him today,” he said.
Mishra further clarified that this budget is no way related to the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “We know Prime Minister Narendra Modi well, he will never mix the budget with elections ever. PM Modi always looks budget as budget only.