New Delhi, Feb 13: If government sources are to be believed, the central government employees are likely to get a hike in salary beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC from April. However, there is no official confirmation, a Finance Ministry official reportedly said the government would raise the salary of lower-level employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

On June 29, 2016, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended minimum pay Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay from Rs 2.5 lakh. Since then, the central government employees have been demanding to raise minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. “The government is seeing hike in pay with fitment formula 3.00 times of basic pay of 6th pay commission,” the official told Sen Times.

Only lower-paid employees are likely to get a salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, those of mid-level and senior level employees will continue to get salary as the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations. The pay hike is expected to be put into the Gazette in next financial year and will be implemented from April 2018.

If media reports are to be believed, the government is likely to form a high-level committee to fix new pay structure beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha is likely to head the panel. However, no official statement has been made in this regard. There had been reports that the government had given a green signal to the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) for raising minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 with fitment factor 3.00.

However, a letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to Secretary of Staff Side Shiv Gopal Mishra stated that the demand for an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC.