New Delhi, Jun 11: There has been no word from the government on the much-anticipated hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC since March. Uncertainty continues to hang over the fate of a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission since June 2016 when the government approved salary hike. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Special Pay, Allowance Hiked For These Employees)

The last what we heard from the government was in March this year when Minister of State in Finance, P Radhakrishnan informed Rajya Sabha that it was not considering hiking minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. This dashed the hope of 48 lakh employees who have been demanding higher minimum pay.

“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,” Radhakrishnan had told the upper house of Parliament. All eyes are now on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day, August 15.

According to a report, PM Modi is likely to announce the hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on August 15. “The two announcements that Prime Minister Modi is likely to make in his speech from Red Fort on 15 August, the Independence Day for central government employees are an increase of pay and the raising retirement age to 62 years from 60,” a government official was quoted as saying in the report.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month, which was accepted by the government in June 2016. Since then, central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.