New Delhi, Feb 8: Even though there are reports of hike in minimum salary and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC post-April 1, there is no official confirmation on the same. Nearly 48 lakh central government employees have eagerly been waiting for a hike in minimum pay beyond the suggestions of the 7th Pay Commission. (UPDATE: Good News! Central Government Employees to Wait Until April, Salary Hike in Store)

Earlier, a report had said that the change in the hike beyond what has been recommended in the 7th Pay Commission would affect “lower-level employees of pay matrix level 1 to 5”. “Government is on the path of effecting minor changes in the pay matrix up to level 5,” a Finance Ministry official had told The Sen Times.

The Union Cabinet had also given a nod to this on June 29, 2016, on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. In January 2018, the finance ministry had also said that they would be preparing a draft on a rise in the minimum pay of the central government employees.

However, there has been no official confirmation on a hike in minimum salary and fitment factor for the lower-level beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations central government employees. For now, what we know is the minimum pay of central government employees above pay matrix level 5 will not be revised.

The 7th Pay Commission, headed by Justice AK Mathur and his team, had suggested a hike in basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000, maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and fitment factor to 2.57.

The central government employees, however, made demands beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. They demanded hike in basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs Rs 26,000 with fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68 times.

In 2016, after the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had assured the unions that the government will look into the demands of the employees to increase the pay and fitment formula through a High-Level Committee.