New Delhi, Jan 26: Central government employees may get a hike in salary beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC from April 2018 as the Centre is likely to make some announcement in this regard in the Union Budget 2018. However, only lower-paid employees are likely to get a salary hike and top and middle-level employees will continue to get the salaries, according to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Meanwhile, there is no clarity whether the government raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees

If media reports are to be believed, the government economic managers are ready to allocate fund for raising the salary of central government employees, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, in the proposed Union Budget 2018-19. “Fund is likely to be allotted in the Budget 2018-19 for salary increase of central government employees especially lower-level employees up to the pay matrix level 5. It’s subject to clearance by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the Cabinet,” an official, who is involved in Budget-making process, was quoted as saying. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Hike in Dearness Allowance, Dearness Relief For 50 Lakh Central Govt Employees From This Month 

Another top Finance Ministry official, speaking to Sen Times, said pay hike will be put into the Gazette in next financial year and will be implemented from April 2018. The official also said the Finance Ministry is mulling to increase the pay of employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5, beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. On June 30, 2016, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Arun Jaitley had promised to appoint a high-level committee to look into the issue of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Railways Offers Jobs With Huge Package, Increment | Apply Today

“The government is going to fulfil the promise of FM Jaitley to increase the salary of lower-level employees beyond the the 7th Pay Commission recommendations,” the official added. The official further said that the Finance Ministry would like to review the DoPT letter in respect of employees who draw salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5. The DoPT letter stated that the demand for an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC).

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month. However, the central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.