New Delhi, May 7: 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, which was accepted by the government in June 2016. Since then, central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. A day after the government notified the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised to consider the demand of salary hike. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Ahead of Diwali, Maharashtra Govt Announces Rs 2000 Allowance For Anganwadi Workers

The government constituted the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) in September 2016 to resolve all matters related to the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations. There were reports that the government had given a green signal to the NAC for raising minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 with fitment factor 3.00. However, a letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to Secretary of Staff Side Shiv Gopal Mishra said the otherwise. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Ahead of Diwali, Tami Nadu Govt Announces Bonus For Over 2.91 Lakh Employees

The 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 NAC. There have been reports that the government may announce a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A report blamed the Ministry of Finance for the delay in announcement over salary hike. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest Update Today: Ahead of Diwali, Govt Employees of These States to Get Bonus, Gifts | Details Here

Notably, 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.

Due to contradicting reports on higher minimum pay, uncertainty continues to hang over the fate of a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.