New Delhi, Jan 12: There would be no hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC for the top and middle-level employees of the central government. The government believe the top and middle-level employees don’t need a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

“They will never be given hike in pay matrix above the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation because they do not need it,” a Finance Ministry official told Sen Times. “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.

The government had approved recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on a hike in salary of central government employees in June 2016. 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. Under the 7th Pay Commission, the basic salary of the lowest rank employee will be around Rs 18,000 and pay for the highest office of Chief second will be around Rs 2.25 lakh.

However, the central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet. They have also warned the government to go on indefinite strike of their demand of higher minimum pay is not accepted.

If media reports are to be believed, the government is likely to form a high-level committee to fix new pay structure beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha is likely to head the panel. The committee will submit its report on the salary hike in six months since its formation. However, no official statement has been made on this.