New Delhi, Feb 6: The government is likely to raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of lower-level central government employees, beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission, up to the pay matrix level 5 from April 1, 2018. The Centre has been mulling changes to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC with fitment factor to 3.00 times from 2.57 times, which was recommended in the 7th Pay Commission, from April 2018, according to the latest reports. (UPDATE: After CPC Benefits, Bihar Govt Announces Rs 500 Crore For Unpaid Dues of State Universities’ Staff)

However, before raising the minimum pay and fitment factor beyond what was recommended in the 7th Pay Commission, the government will consider the state of the economy before issuing any such order which will raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of the central government employees. “Government is on the path of effecting minor changes in the pay matrix up to level 5 such as the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s commitment to the central government employees unions’ leaders should be honoured,” the Finance Ministry official, as reported by Sen Times, said.

It should be noted that minimum pay and fitment factor of only lower-level central government employees would be revised beyond the 7th Pay Commission. There will be no change in salaries of employees above pay matrix level 5. The ministry is of the view that they have already got a good hike in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, a top official said. (Also Read: Government to Accept Salary Hike, May Increase Fitment Factor)

The pay hike will be put into the Gazette in next financial year and will be implemented from April 1, beyond what was recommended in the 7th Pay Commission, according to the reports.

The proposals of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which had recommended a minimum pay of Rs 21,000 from 18,000 with fitment factor of 3.00 instead of the existing 2.57 times beyond what has been recommended in the 7th Pay Commission, was met with resistance from Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

While NAC recommended an increase in the minimum pay of Rs 3,000 with fitment factor of 3.00, the central government employees have been demanding a hike in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Originally, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month, maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and fitment factor to 2.57.