New Delhi, November 15: The hike in the minimum wage for central government employees under 7th Pay Commission would come into effect from April 1, 2016. This confirmed news comes as a huge relief for around 48 lakh central government employees who are eagerly waiting for the hike in their minimum wage. (Update: 7th Pay Commission: NAC Meeting in December, Hike in Minimum Pay From April 2018)

A top Finance Ministry official, quoted by the Sen Times said that the new pay hike for central government employees would come into effect from April 1, 2018. The source who didn’t wish to be named said that the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is likely to submit a report on new pay hike by December.

Earlier, the government cleared the nod of the 7th Pay Commission proposal of minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly of sixth pay commission’s basic pay.

A large number of central government employees unions who were unhappy with the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission had threatened to go on an indefinite strike from January 11, 2016

Since June 30, 2016, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was under pressure to assure to hike minimum pay for the central government employees day after the cabinet approved the recommendations made under 7th pay Commission.

The Finance Minister has also assured the union officials to increase the minimum pay and that had also prevented unions to go ahead with an indefinite strike starting from July 11, 2016.

The Unions had also asked the government to set up a committee to look into issues raised by them in relation to pay hike.

Jaitley promised the Union leaders that the pay hike issue raised by them would be considered by a High-Level Committee. After which, he has formed the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is September 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

The union officials said that the pay hike was the lowest in the last 70 years.