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According to a report in the Sen Times
, in the wake of 2019 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would announce a salary hike in his August 15 speech from the Red fort. The report claimed that the Prime Minister would announce a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor and raise in retirement age on the Independence Day, 15 August 2018.
The report says "Under pressure from the coming general election due by May 2019, the Modi government has indicated that it may hike pay of central government employees beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, seeking to win the Lok Sabha polls because the government knows one government employees can persuade at least 100 voters for the party."
The government had earlier denied reports of any hike in minimum basic salary beyond the recommendations of the seventh pay commission.
However the recent losses in the elections faced by the BJP will force the government to consider benefits to the government employees and the middle class in general. 10 million central government employees including 5.2 million pensioners, most of them Hindus, have traditionally been supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The government cannot ignore the demands made by them.