New Delhi, Nov 22: A top leader of a central government employees’ union asked the Centre to raise minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or face backlash. The leader reiterated that the existing minimum pay under the 7th Pay Commission is ‘too little and inadequate for central government employees’. The statement came amid conflicting reports on the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) and it’s proposal regarding a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees

Media reports had suggested that the government had given nod to the NAC for raising minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet, with fitment factor 3.00. However, 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 does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Hike in Dearness Allowance, Dearness Relief For 50 Lakh Central Govt Employees From This Month 

“Central government, said media reports, is considering increasing the minimum basic pay for us from the existing Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000 per month and fitment factor to 3.00 times from existing 2.57 times. But the DoPT letter now hints that the government will not accept our demand,” the union leader told the Sen Times. “Jaitley constituted National Anomaly Committee instead of a high-level committee in September 2016 to look into the pay irregularities arising out of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations including hike in minimum pay but DoPT letter now says minimum pay and fitment factor doesn’t come under the purview of the NAC,” he added. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Railways Offers Jobs With Huge Package, Increment | Apply Today

If the government doesn’t increase minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, then we will have no option but to go on indefinite strike, said the union leader. Sources in the Finance Ministry told the Sen Times that 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. 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.