New Delhi, Apr 7: The government is likely to go beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC and may hike the salaries of central government employees ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The salaries of the central government employees was last revised in June 2016 as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission when the minimum pay was raised to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000 month.

Since then, the central government employees have been asking a raise in the minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

Now, it is being speculated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, in a bid to woo the public and return to power in 2019, will agree to the demands of the central government employees. A report in Sen Times claims that the government, in all likelihood, may follow the footsteps of the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who has recently raised the retirement age of central government employees from 60 to 62 years.

Notably, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh had said in March that there was no plan to increase the retirement age of central government employees from existing 60 years to 62 years.

A senior government official has been quoted in the report as saying that the BJP-led central government is mulling to implement pay hike for central goverment employees ahead of general elections next year.

Here, it may be noted that the Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan, last month, told Rajya Sabha the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Meanwhile, reports are doing rounds that the government has given a green signal to the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) for raising the minimum pay of central government employees from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000 per month with fitment factor 3.00. However, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has denied this. Hence, no clarity on whether the government will hike the minimum pay and fitment factor for central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission has not been reached yet.