New Delhi, Feb 15: The government is likely to announce a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC from the new financial year. The government is considering a proposal for raising minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for central government employees upto the pay matrix level 5.

The government may raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.00 times from 2.57 times that were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission. However, Only lower-paid employees are likely to get a salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The pay hike will be put into the Gazette in next financial year and will be implemented from April 2018, reported Sen Times.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month with fitment factor 2.57 times. However, the central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times. A day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised central government employees to consider their request to raise minimum pay and fitment factor.

Earlier, a Finance Ministry official said that the government was working on a strategy for raising the salary of lower-level employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Unlike the 7th Pay Commission, ‘the government is seeing hike in pay with fitment formula 3.00 times of basic pay of 6th pay commission’, said the Finance Ministry official, reported Sen Times.

While the minimum pay of those of junior-level employees might be increased, those of mid-level and senior level employees will continue to get salary as the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.