Albeit, it is seen as a decision to calm the ongoing resentment among central government employees ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In a case of minimum hike not being looked at by the central government, the dearness allowance will definitely see an increase. According to the latest reports, the Narendra Modi government is keen on increasing the minimum pay grade of central government employees and can increase the minimum pay grade until March 2019.
In election season, the Modi government has also decided to expand the travel benefits of its employees. Now central government employees can travel to home and other parts of the country like Jammu and Kashmir, northeast, and Andaman and Nicobar Island, through national carrier Air India under Leave Travel Concession (LTC), Union Minister Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha last Thursday.