New Delhi, Oct 27: Amid reports that the government is considering hiking minimum pay to beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission of 7th CPC, the central government employees demanded higher minimum pay with fitment factor 3.68. The employees welcomed the proposal of raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission but asked to hike fitment factor as well. Speaking to Sen Times, a union leader said the increase in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission necessary for employees to feed their families.

The 7th Pay Commission raised minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month and fitment factor to 2.57 times, which was approved by the Cabinet on June 28 last year. However, the central government employees expressed dissatisfaction and have been demanding to raise minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. If media reports are to be believed, the government is likely to raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 with 17 per cent hike over Rs 18,000 existing minimum pay, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

It was “great” that the minimum wage would increase but benefit levels should also be raised to all employees with fitment factor 3.68 from 2.57 uniformly, the union leader said. “The salary increase would be a big step towards moving a large number of central government employees out of the depth of poverty,” he added. “In two years … the need for food to sustain people on a month-to-month basis, who are already working, was wiped out, I think the government should have something to rejoice in there,” he also said.

The National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which was formed to resolve all matters related to the anomalies in the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations, is expected to hold a crucial meeting regarding higher minimum pay soon. The NAC may suggest hiking minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000. Fitment factor will be raised to 3.00 times from the existing 2.57 times. The Cabinet is likely to take up the pay hike over the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for the central government employees by the end of January.

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.