New Delhi, January 14: After central government employees have been eagerly waiting for last two years for increase in their minimum wage, Finance Ministry on Saturday ruled out any possibility of hike in pay matrix for the top and middle-level employees of central government beyond the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission, adding more frustration of central government employees. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission in Jammu And Kashmir, Other Latest News on Minimum Pay Under CPC)

According to The Sen Times, an unidentified Finance Ministry official who was asked about his views on the hike in minimum pay of central government employees, the source said that the government officials will never be given hike in pay matrix above the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation because they do not need it.

Earlier several media reports said that the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is likely to go ahead for hike in minimum pay Rs 21,000 and Rs 18,000 and fitment factor of 3.00. The fitment formula with 3.00 times from the existing 2.57 fitment, which will be gone up the salary and pension in general for all segments of employees.

“It is quite disappointing that the government will not hike the pay matrix of top and middle-level employees,” the source further added.

He said that the top and the middle-level employees have sufficient salaries to maintain family comfortably.

“In last few months the government have already reviewed the salaries and perks of the central government above the pay matrix level 5 and decided they do not need higher pay matrix levels,” he added.

Two years ago, the 7th Pay Commission headed by minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay was increased from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly of basic pay of 6th Pay Commission and the Union Cabinet cleared the recommendations on June 29, 2016.

However, the central government employees’ unions have been demanding a minimum pay of Rs 26,000 per month instead of Rs 18,000 and 3.68 fitment factor for all employees. Accordingly, they had threatened to carry on an indefinite strike over pay hike on July 11, 2016.

The central government employee unions had also called off their indefinite strike after they had met the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on June 30, 2016, and he assured the union leaders that a High-Level Committee would be formed to look into the increasing Pay and fitment formula.

So, the government formed a 22-member National Anomaly Committee (NAC) headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in September 2016.

Meanwhile, DoPT issued a letter on October 30, 2017, stating that the demand for an increase in minimum Pay and fitment formula does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these things do come under the purview of NAC.