New Delhi, Mar 23: In a heartbreak for nearly 50 lakh central government employees, the government recently denied reports of salary hike beyond the recommendations of the seventh pay commission. The government said that the much-awaited salary hike was not happening in April. (Update: 7th Pay Commission: NJCA Threatens Strike For Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor)Also Read - Good News For Pensioners: Centre Announces Hike in Dearness Relief For This Category of Retired Employees

Currently, government employees got a hike with fitment factor 2.57 times, which was recommended by the 7th pay commission and approved by the Union Cabinet in 2016. The minimum salary was increased to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000,  whereas the highest salary was increased from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission: Central Govt Employees Likely to Get 4% Hike in Dearness Allowance in July

The Central government employees were demanding that their salary be increased by a fitment factor of 3.68 times, and the minimum salary should be increased to Rs 26,000. The employees had gone to a strike for their demands. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission: Good News For Govt Employees! Chhattisgarh Hikes Dearness Allowance By 5%

There were conflicting reports that the government was thinking to give more hike to the employees. It was reported that the government was mulling a minimum salary hike to Rs 21,000 with fitment factor 3 times.

In a recent reply in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan said the government was not giving any more hike than what was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.

“The minimum pay of Rs 18,000/- per month and fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration,” he said.