New Delhi, Jan 18: The government may announce salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC in the Union Budget 2018. The central government employees upto the pay matrix level 5 are likely to get a hike in pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation from coming financial year. The the top and middle-level employees will continue to get the salaries, according to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

All central government employees, who are low paid, would get the hike in pay beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from the coming financial year, said a Sen Times report quoting Finance Ministry officials. The officials said the government would issue a gazette on the new pay in the next fiscal year. It simply means the government may announce a hike in salary beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for junior-level employees.

There would be no hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission for the top and middle-level employees of the central government. “They will never be given hike in pay matrix above the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendation because they do not need it,” a Finance Ministry official was quoted as saying. “The government have already reviewed the salaries and perks of the central government above the pay matrix level 5 and decided they do not need higher pay matrix levels,” he added.

There is discrimination in the treatment being given by low salary to junior-level employees and higher ratio salaries to the top and middle-level employees, the officials said. The 7th Pay Commission increased the ratio of pay low-earning employees and top bureaucrats to 1:14. They also said the pay gap should be made at least 1:12.

The government had approved recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on a hike in salary of central government employees in June 2016. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay. Under the 7th Pay Commission, the basic salary of the lowest rank employee will be around Rs 18,000 and pay for the highest office of Chief second will be around Rs 2.25 lakh.