New Delhi, Nov 3: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will keep his promise to raise minimum pay beyond the Rs 18,000, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC and approved by the Cabinet, a Finance Ministry official had said. But when? A report by Sen Times said the government is likely to announce a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission with the new year.

Irked by the delay in announcing a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, the central government employees sought Arun Jaitley’s intervention into the issue. “Since the Finance minister Arun Jaitley had promised to hike minimum pay after discussions with all stakeholders, efforts would be made to fulfil the same,” a Finance Ministry official was earlier quoted as saying.

On June 30, 2016, Arun Jaitley held a meeting with representatives of central government employees unions at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh where he reportedly promised them to consider their demand of raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. Keeping one of his promises, Jaitley had formed the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

However, the central government employees expressed dissatisfaction after the NAC didn’t submit its report on minimum pay hike after taking a year. “Even after four months of implementation of the revised allowances, we are still awaiting a nod from the government for getting pay hike,” a union leader was quoted as saying. The committee may hold final meeting after Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. The results of Assembly polls will be declared on December 18.

The NAC is likely to go ahead for the hike in minimum pay Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 from the existing 2.57 to fitment factor 3.00. However, central government employees are demanding for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and they are pressurizing to raise fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

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 14.27 per cent hike in basic by the 7th Pay Commission — the lowest in 70 years — has left the central government employees unsatisfied.