New Delhi, Mar 20: The government has rejected reports on an increase in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, saying it was not considering salary hike for its employees. There have been reports that the government was mulling to raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. (Update: 7th Pay Commission: Employees’ Unions Plan Strike For Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor After Govt Rejects Salary Hike)

Samajwadi Party MP Neeraj Shekhar sought to know “whether Government is actively contemplating to increase minimum pay from Rs.18,000/- to Rs.21,000/- and fitment factor from 2.57 to 3, in view of resentment among Central Government employees over historically lowest increase in pay by 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).”

In a written reply to the question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan said 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,” said Radhakrishnan.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay of central government employees, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. The government approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission despite resentment among central government employees, who have been a hike in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

There had been reports that the government was mulling to raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 and fitment factor 3.00. However, the government has now clarified that no such proposal was being considered.