New Delhi, Nov 20: The National Anomaly Committee (NAC) may not suggest a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission as the matter does not come under the term ‘anomaly’. In a letter to Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary of Staff Side, the NAC, which was formed to resolve all matters related to the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations, said that the demand for 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 the committee. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Confusion Over Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor After Conflicting Reports on NAC) Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees

The 22-member NAC panel is headed by Ajay Mittal, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is likely to submit its report on irregularities arising out of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in December. There had been reports that the NAC may suggest hiking minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet. Since the NAS is saying the matter of an increase in minimum pay and fitment factor doesn’t come under the purview of the committee, it may not suggest any hike. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Hike in Dearness Allowance, Dearness Relief For 50 Lakh Central Govt Employees From This Month 

“The National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is the high level committee and the government’s argument that the case of increase in minimum Pay and fitment formula, a jurisdictional dispute, which is beyond the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC),” a Finance Ministry official was quoted as saying by Sen Times. “Cases where there is a dispute about the definition of “anomaly” and those where there is a disagreement between the staff side and the official side of NAC on the anomaly will be referred to an “arbitrator” to be appointed out of a panel of names proposed by the two sides. However, this arbitration will not be a part of the JCM Scheme,” he added. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Railways Offers Jobs With Huge Package, Increment | Apply Today

However, the sources said the government is likely to hike minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. The government may go ahead for a hike in minimum pay Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor may be raised 3.00 times from 2.57 times uniformly in next financial year. The central government employees, however, have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. The higher minimum pay would be released from April 2018.

The government had approved a hike in salary and allowances as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission 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 and raised minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month.