Daily Archive: October 24, 2017

Hardik Patel accuses BJP of spying, says will tell the world when he meets Rahul Gandhi

Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Tuesday accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of spying on him after CCTV camera clips from a luxury hotel in Ahmedabad in poll-bound Gujarat were flashed on local television news channels amid speculations that he secretly met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

The closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, which is available with the Hindustan Times, showed Patel entering the Ummed Hotel late on Sunday night, and leaving through the back door in a brand new car without a registration plate at around 4pm the next day. Gandhi arrived at the same establishment around 1pm on Monday.

The 24-year-old tweeted in Hindi that people in the BJP are “expert in spying” and gave the examples of Sanjay Joshi, a senior leader who resigned from a party post in 2005 after being named in a sex CD controversy. He also raked the issue of the snooping on a woman, who phones were illegally taped in Gujarat and Bengaluru.

Patel on Monday admitted he was present at Ummed Hotel at the same time when Gandhi checked into the premises but denied meeting him.

“Main Rahul Gandhi ji se nahi mila, lekin jab milunga poore Hindustan ko bata ke jaunga!! Unke agle Gujarat daure par hum milenge!! Bharat Mata ki Jai (I did not meet Rahul Gandhiji but when I meet him I will let the entire country about it!! We will meet during his next visit to Gujarat!! Bharat Mata ki Jai),” he tweeted.

7th Pay Commission: When will the employees get the minimum hike and how much it will be, Check here

The government had approved a pay hike according to recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission in June 2016 and July 2017 respectively.

Since then, the central government employees have been demanding a raise in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

However, as the chorus for hike grows, there are reports that the government might raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 with 17% hike over Rs 18,000 existing minimum pay, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

If that happens then the move will benefit around 48 lakh government employees.

The 7th Pay Commission, led by Justice AK Mathur, raised minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month and fitment factor to 2.57 times, which was approved by the Cabinet last year.

But the Central government employees were not too happy with the hike amount and demanded araise of Rs Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000.

However, several reports in media suggest that the NAC has been given a green signal by the government to raise the minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

Now, the raise of Rs 21,000 will be given instead of Rs 18,000.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has approved revised pay scales for teachers, following recommendations of the 7th central pay commission.

The decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 universities and colleges, which are funded by the University Grants Commission. The move will also benefit 329 universities, which are funded by state governments and 12,912 government and private-aided colleges affiliated to state public universities.