New Delhi, Oct 5: It is learnt that the government has given go-ahead to the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) for raising minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC for the central government employees. The NAC, formed to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, may hike minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 with fitment factor 3.00. (Update: Hike in Minimum Pay And Fitment Factor Expected From Next Year)

According to a report of Sen Times, the government has funds to hike minimum pay and it has given green signal to the NAC for raising fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. “The government already realize and know that the government have fund to bring employees up tomorrow so the government has to look at a pay hike to bring every employee up to par with raising fitment factor better than approved by the Cabinet on June 29,” a top official of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, was quoted as saying.

The government has asked the NAC to go ahead for a hike in basic pay with fitment factor 3.00, the official said quoting Finance Ministry sources. “The meeting of NAC is likely to be held in this month for a hike in basic pay with fitment factor 3.00. Accordingly, minimum pay will be hiked Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000,” the official further confirmed. “The government will be recommending a salary increase for employees next year but is not saying how much right now or how the government will pay to its employees,” he added.

The Union Cabinet is expected to take up the issue of raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission by the end of January 2018. The NAC is likely to hold its final meeting in October, after which the report will be examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and the Department of Expenditure.

Central government employees have been demanding to raise minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 under the 7th Pay Commission. However, the government is planning to approve minimum pay at Rs 21,000 raising fitment factor 3.00 times from 2.57 times. The Union Cabinet approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on pay hike and allowances on June 28 last year.

The 7th Pay Commission had raised the minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay has been hiked from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.25 lakh per month and Rs 2.5 lakh for the cabinet secretary—the senior-most civil servant.