New Delhi, Apr 23: In a pre-election salary bonanza, the government may hike minimum pay and fitment factor, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, for 10 million government employees and pensioners before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, said a media report. The latest report claimed the BJP government would raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in a bid to ensure victory in the next general elections. (UPDATE: 7th Pay Commission: Arun Jaitley to Announce Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor; Know When)
“Salaries class feel extremely frustrated because of poor pay hike and allowances under BJP regime. In a measure of relief to the central government employees, the government may announce pay hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission ahead of the general elections, 2019,” a Sen Times report said. “The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is under pressure because of brewing anger following cash crunch, dilution of SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act and rape incidents,” it added.
On the delay over hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, the report claimed that lack of response from the Finance Ministry to the promise of FM Jaitley over the last two years delayed the matter. Quoting unnamed sources, the report said Arun Jaitley will make an announcement of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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 reportedly mulling 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.
Notably, the Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan, last month, told Rajya Sabha the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.