New Delhi, Apr 26: While the Jammu and Kashmir government has announced implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, central government employees are still waiting for a clarity on a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor. Even though the government has said no proposal to raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, a portal for bureaucrats has been saying that the announcement would be made in this regard before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

According to the latest news report by Sen Times, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may announce salary hike, raising minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission ahead of the general elections, 2019. The report also blamed the Ministry of Finance for the delay over a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. However, uncertainty continues to hang on salary hike for central government employees and pensioners.

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. Notably, the government informed Rajya Sabha that 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.