7th Pay Commission: While the Government of India is still grappling with the question whether to give in to Central government employees’ demand, the recommendations of the seventh pay commission will be implemented in Maharashtra, much to the delight of state government employees. According to reports, the state government is committed to implement the 7th pay commission recommendations by next year.

Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that the salaries of Central government employees must be increased. The 7th CPC said that the minimum basic salary must be increased to Rs 18,000 with the fitment factor 2.57 times.

Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told the state assembly while presenting the budget on Thursday that the 7th CPC report recommendation will be implemented in 2018-19. This will benefit 11,00,000 government employees and 7,00,000 retired officials. A total Rs 23,000 crore would be spent by the government, whereas Rs 10,000 crore is allocated in the current fiscal year.

According to reports, the 7th pay commission will be implemented from 2016 and the employees will be paid arrears. The current budget is deficient by Rs 15,000 crore and the release of finds might create another cash situation for the government.

The Union government approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in the year 2016. The government approved a minimum basic salary of Rs 18000 for Central government employees. The fitment factor for the raise was 2.57 per cent. However, the salary recommendations made the by the 7th CPC was not enough for the employees as they demanded minimum pay to be Rs 26,000 per month. The fitment factor they demanded was way beyond what was recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission. They demanded 3.68 times fitment factor. According to reports, the Union government might agree to pay minimum salary to be Rs 21,000 and fitment factor to be 3 times.