New Delhi, May 2: 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 more than a year. While the government said it was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, a web portal reported several time that the Centre might announce salary bonanza before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

In March, Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha that the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the 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,” he said in a written reply.

However, 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 before the general elections of 2019. 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 in April. 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.