New Delhi, Nov 30: Due to contradicting reports on higher minimum pay, uncertainty hangs over the fate of a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC. Central government employees have threatened to go on indefinite strike, however, there is no positive development on higher minimum pay beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: After DA Hike, Govt May Not Raise Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor; Here’s Why)

The wait over a hike in minimum pay and fitment beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission is likely getting longer with each passing day. The government had approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in June 2016 raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month with fitment factor 2.57 times. Since then, the central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Govt Considering Automatic Pay Revision Mechanism to Revise Salary, Allowances Every Year)

There had been reports that the government was planning to hike minimum pay to Rs 21,000 with fitment factor 3.00 times, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. It was reported that the government gave its nod to the NAC for raising minimum pay. However, a letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) stated that the demand for an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC.

Recently, a report by Zee Business claimed that the government may accept the demand of central government employees, raising minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.78 times from 2.57 times that were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet. No official announcement has been made so far. There are reports that the government is likely to form a high-level committee to fix new pay structure beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

If media reports are to be believed, the pay hike will be put into the Gazette in next financial year and will be implemented from April 2018. Central government employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5 may get a salary increase. Middle-level and top-level employees will continue to get salaries as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.