New Delhi, Dec 6: There is no clarity whether the government will raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC. Conflicting reports on higher minimum pay have left the central government employees in a state of confusion. The National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which was formed to resolve all matters related to the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations, has refused to consider the issue of higher minimum pay as an ‘anomaly’. Sources in the Finance Ministry, however, said the government is committed to raising minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. (Also Read: 7th Pay Commission: They Died For us, Do Not Cut Their Children’s Study Fund, Writes Navy Chief)

Recently, 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. Sources in the Finance Ministry also said there is no scope to change in minimum pay Rs 18,000, recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the cabinet.

However, a top Finance Ministry official later said the government would like to review the DoPT letter, because the DoPT has issued the letter against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s promise to hike minimum pay, reports Sen Times. The Finance Ministry is likely to remain committed to hiking in minimum pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for the central government employees, the official assured.

There were reports that the government had given green signal to the NAC for raising minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet, with fitment factor 3.00. Amid uncertainty over government’s decision to hike minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, central government employees’ unions have threatened to go on indefinite strike if their demands were not accepted.

“We will serve notice to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to let him know we will not allow him to get away with mischief. Since he gave positive word of hope to us, now he has declined the pay increase, despite the promise,” a union leader was quoted as saying by Sen Times. “I the government doesn’t hike our pay, we will have no choice but to proceed on an indefinite strike,” he further warned.

The central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. The government had approved recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on a hike in salary and allowances in June 2016 and July 2017 respectively. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay — the lowest in 70 years, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month.