7th Pay Commission Latest News: At a time when over 50 lakh Central Government employees are waiting for the Centre to announce a hike in the minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the Uttar Pradesh government has given its employees a reason to smile. The Cabinet meeting held under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has decided to provide 7th Central Pay Commission or 7th CPC benefits to the university teachers as a gift on Teachers Day. The news comes as a ray of hope for the Central Government employees who did not get to hear any good news from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on fitment factor and minimum pay hike on August 15, i.e. Independence Day. Also Read - COVID-19 Aftermath: Haryana Govt Freezes Dearness Allowance at Current Rate Till July 2021 Due to Financial Crisis

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The decision to provide the Seventh Pay Commission benefits to university teachers would mean a salary hike between Rs 15,000 and Rs 35,000. The move would benefit over 20,000 teachers and the state government has made a provision of Rs 921 crore for the purpose in supplementary budget. The good news comes a few days after the Centre announced a hike of 2 per cent in Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees. Also Read - DA, DR Hike of Delhi Employees, Pensioners Freezed? Govt Says Money to be Used For Fighting COVID-19

Meanwhile, some reports are suggesting that the Centre is likely to announce a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations for Central Government employees in January. The Central Government employees are demanding an increase of up to 3.68 per cent in the fitment factor and up to Rs 8,000 hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.

The hopes of the Central Government employees for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor were dashed by Minister of Finance (MoS) P Radhakrishnan in March when he declared that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government employees and retirees beyond 7th Pay Commission.