New Delhi, Apr 25: Central government employees have been waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC since June 2016. The Ministry of Finance seems to be behind the delay over a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission as promised by Arun Jaitley. Uncertainty continues to hang on salary hike for central government employees and pensioners. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: J&K Employees Get Salary Hike, no Clarity on Increase in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor)

A report published in Sen Times, the issue of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission was delayed “due to lack of response from the Finance Ministry to the promise of FM Jaitley over the last two years”. The report also said the ministry has sent its decision to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for approval. On June 30, 2016, Arun Jaitley had assured that the demand of raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission would be considered.

The report further said the BJP government is under pressure following protests over “cash crunch, dilution of SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act and the rape incidents”. In a measure of relief to the central government employees, Arun Jaitley may announce salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission ahead of the general elections, 2019, the report said.

However, the government has recently clarified and said it was not considering to raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. “The minimum pay of Rs.18,000/- p.m. 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,” Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

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 with fitment factor 2.57 times. However, the central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times. The government is likely to raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.00 times from 2.57 times that were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.