New Delhi, Jan 31: The Centre is mulling changes to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC to hike salary of lower-level central government employees upto the pay matrix level 5, a top Finance Ministry official reportedly said. The Centre has been considering to raise the salary of central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The official also said the government is committed to implementing salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission to fulfil Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s promise. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Arun Jaitley May Allocate Fund For Salary Hike Beyond CPC Recommendations in Budget)Also Read - 7th Pay Commission: Good News! Ajit Pawar Promises to Implement 7th Pay Commission for PMC Employees

“Government is on the path of effecting minor changes in the pay matrix upto level 5 such as the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s commitment to the central government employees unions’ leaders should be honoured,” the Finance Ministry official, as reported by Sen Times, said. Only lower-paid employees are likely to get a salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The pay hike will be put into the Gazette in next financial year and will be implemented from April 2018. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission: Big DA, Gratuity, Leave Cash Payment Benefits For Retired Central Government Employees; Details Here

On June 30, 2016, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Arun Jaitley held a meeting with representatives of central government employees unions at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. At the meeting, Jaitley assured them that their demand of raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission would be considered. “So the government is going to fulfil the promise of Jaitley to increase the salary of employees upto the pay matrix level 5 beyond the the 7th Pay Commission recommendations which will be paid from April,” the official said. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Centre Likely to Increase Salary of Govt Employees Again. Here’s How To Calculate DA Hike

If media reports are to be believed, Arun Jaitley may allocate a fund for raising the salary of central government employees, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, in the proposed Union Budget 2018-19. The 7th Pay Commission recommended minimum pay Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay from Rs 2.5 lakh. In view of the pay gap between lower paid employees and top officers, the central government employees have been demanding to raise minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet.

While the minimum pay of those of junior-level employees might be increased beyond what was in the 7th Pay Commission, those of mid-level and senior level employees will not be increased. There will be no change in salaries of employees above pay matrix level 5.