New Delhi, Mar 3: If media reports are to be believed, the government may raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.68 times from 2.57 times that were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC and approved by the Cabinet. However, these reports are just speculations and the government is unlikely to approve this much hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: SSB Announces Recruitment For Assistant Commandant Post, Get Paid Rs 1,77,500 Monthly

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. It could raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 with fitment factor 3.00 times but there is no official confirmation on this. It 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 - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Central Govt Announces Holi Gift For Employees Based in Mathura And Vrindavan, Doubles Their HRA



Sources in the Finance Ministry had earlier said the demand for hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission won’t be accepted as it will bring a financial burden on the government. “If they hike pay for their employees, the central government is likely to face difficulty in bearing this extra financial burden. Accordingly, central government employees demand hiking pay especially minimum pay of Rs 18,000 will not be accepted,” they told Sen Times. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Modi Government to Give Employees Option to Switch From NPS

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, had promised central government employees to consider their demand for higher minimum pay. Even if the higher minimum pay will be announced, central government employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5 will only get the benefit of it. Middle-level and top-level employees will continue to get salaries as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.