New Delhi, Mar 2: Amid Holi celebrations, here is a good news for the central government employees on a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC. If a Zee Business report is to be believed, the government may raise 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. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Holi Cheers For PSU Employees, Salary to be Revised as Per CPC Recommendations) Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Tamil Nadu Freezes DA Till July 2021, Suspends Earned Leave Of Its Employees For One Year

The government had approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in June 2016 and raised 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 Latest News: Maharashtra Govt to Put on Hold DA, LTC of 12 Lakh Employees For Two Years

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. However, an official confirmation never came. The government has reportedly formed a panel to take the final call on a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Also Read - Rubina Dilaik-Abhinav Shukla's Steamy Kissing Picture on Holi Makes Fans Amp up Their Love Game

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, had promised central government employees to appoint a high-level committee to look into the issue. Finance Ministry officials have said that the government was considering to announce a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in April this year.

Central government employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5 can expect a salary increase from April. However, middle-level and top-level employees will continue to get salaries as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.