7th Pay Commission: The Union Government has reportedly decided to pay a salary hike to Central government employees. However, the salary hike will not be as much the demand was, but it would definitely be more than what the 7th Pay Commission had recommended in 2016. The salary hike will be an additional burden on the national exchequer, but it could really help the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2019 General Elections. Hence, the salary could be after March 31. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Tamil Nadu Freezes DA Till July 2021, Suspends Earned Leave Of Its Employees For One Year

The Union Cabinet had approved the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission in 2016. The 7th CPC announced that the minimum salary will be increased from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. The maximum salary will be enhanced from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2,50,000, and arrears will be paid for a time period. The pay hike was implemented with fitment factor 2.57 times. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Maharashtra Govt to Put on Hold DA, LTC of 12 Lakh Employees For Two Years

However, the Central Government employees were not satisfied with the raise– they demanded more. The employees went on a strike demanding that the minimum salary be increased from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000, with a fitment factor 3.68 times. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: SSB Announces Recruitment For Assistant Commandant Post, Get Paid Rs 1,77,500 Monthly

The government is ready to pay the salary hike beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations. They are reportedly mulling to increase the minimum salary to Rs 21,000 with fitment factor 3 times. The government reportedly modified the definition of pay anomaly to pave the way for pay hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

The DoPT had written a letter saying that the demand for the increase in pay further was not a pay anomaly and hence, didn’t come under the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC). A report said after media pressure the government took the decision to change the definition of pay anomaly. With this, it is expected that the pay hike will be announced in April 2018 or later.