7th Pay Commission Latest News: Over 50 lakh Central Government employees are likely to get a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations soon. If the Centre agrees to the demands of the Central Government employees, their minimum pay would be increased to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 whereas, fitment factor would see a raise of 3.68 per cent. Reports suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce an increase for Central Government employees in fitment factor and minimum pay beyond the recommendations of 7th CPC or 7th Central Pay Commission on August 15, i.e. Independence Day.

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Furthermore, reports say that the Central Government employees and pensioners, who are waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, may also get a hike in the dearness allowance (DA). However, there is no confirmation yet as to when this will happen. A hike in dearness allowance would prove to be beneficial for approximately 48.41 lakh central government employees and around 61 lakh pensioners.

Amid these reports, the Maharashtra government, in a welcome move, announced a pay hike as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for its employees from Diwali this year. “The Seventh Pay Commission will be our Diwali gift to employees,” Finance Minister of state Sudhir Mungantiwar had said. The decision would benefit over 19 lakh employees.

Besides, several state governments including Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh have also started providing the benefits of 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC to their employees.

Earlier this year, the hopes of 50 lakh Central Government employees and an equivalent retirees were dashed by Minister of Finance (MoS) P Radhakrishnan. Speaking in Rajya Sabha, he informed that the Centre is not considering announcing a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.