New Delhi, Nov 15: The central government employees and pensioners have been waiting for a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC since July 2016. While the government has given hints about raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, there is little clarity on release of higher minimum pay. The National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which was formed to resolve all matters related to the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations, is yet to submit its report on higher minimum pay. (Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: By Delaying The Pay Hike Of Central Government Employees, Govt Saved Around Rs 26,000 Crore)

The NAS was supposed to hold a meeting in October on a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. However, the got postponed after the Election Commission announced dates for Assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. The committee is likely to submit its report on a hike in minimum pay by December 15, said a Sen Times report. The report will be further examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and the Department of Expenditure.

The government has reportedly asked the NAC to go ahead for a hike in basic pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission with fitment factor 3.00 times. The NAC may suggest hiking minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet. The central government employees, however, have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

While the NAC meeting might be held in December, the higher minimum pay would be released from April 2018. Several reports earlier suggested that the government would raise minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission from January. However, the sources in the Finance Ministry said the higher minimum pay will come into effect by April next year at the latest. The NAC report on minimum pay hike would be available by that day (January) and its implementation would be done afterwards in due process, they said.

The government had approved a hike in salary and allowances as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission 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 and raised minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month.