New Delhi, Nov 24: In a major setback to the central government employees, Finance Ministry sources said the Centre is unlikely to raise the minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC. The 7th Pay Commission recommended fixing the minimum pay at Rs 18,000 and the Cabinet approved it. The National Anomaly Committee (NAC) may not consider the demand of central government employees of hiking minimum pay and fitment factor, they said. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees

There is no scope to change in minimum pay Rs 18,000, recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the cabinet, sources told Sen Times. Media reports suggested the government is considering hiking minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. “The cabinet will not clear any proposal on hike in minimum Pay including others pay related matter under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations because the cabinet had already passed it” sources were quoted as saying. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Hike in Dearness Allowance, Dearness Relief For 50 Lakh Central Govt Employees From This Month 

Though Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised to consider hiking minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government now seems in no mood to accept the demand. “Though Finance Minister Arun had promised hiking minimum through the appoint of a High-Levell Committee when the central government employees unions had threatened to carry out an indefinite strike but now government denied requests from central government employees unions for the hike in pay,” sources added. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Railways Offers Jobs With Huge Package, Increment | Apply Today

This came days after a letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to Secretary of Staff Side Shiv Gopal Mishra 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.

“The central government has finally decided not to give any facility to central government employees better than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and the government is also stuck with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on pay scales like allowances and advances. So the DoPT issued the letter dated October 30, stating that the demand for an increase in minimum Pay and fitment formula does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of NAC,” they added.

If media reports are to be believed, the government is likely to raise the minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet. The higher minimum pay would be released from April 2018. However, the central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

The government had approved recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on a hike in salary and allowances in June 2016 and July 2017 respectively. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay — the lowest in 70 years, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month.