New Delhi, Apr 20: Even though the government said that no proposal on raising minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, a news portal, mainly for bureaucrats, has been reporting that salary hike would be announced before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Quoting unnamed officials in the Finance Ministry, the portal reported that the government is likely to hike minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission despite Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s illness.
“There has been no proposal under discussion regarding withdrawal of pay hike beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, which had been promised by FM Jaitley in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016. He takes seriously his promise and wants to see the concrete result of his promise,” sources in Finance Ministry were quoted as saying in the report. They also said Jaitley is serious about his promise on a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
“Unless something drastic happens, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will make pay hike announcement for central government employees after his recovery,” a senior source close to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was also quoted as saying. Jaitley had said in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016, “The minimum pay Rs 18,000 was made on recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. But the government will consider hiking it after discussions with all stakeholders.”
Another report from the same portal said the BJP government at the Centre will announce salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for central government employees ahead of general elections due next year. The report further said the government would follow the footsteps of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who recently the retirement age to 62 years from the current 60.
“Taking a leaf from Chouhan ahead of general elections next year, The BJP-led central government is mulling to implement the pay hike for central government employees,” a senior government official was quoted as saying in the report. Notably, the Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan, last month, told Rajya Sabha the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month with fitment factor 2.57 times. However, the central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times. The government is reportedly mulling to raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.00 times from 2.57 times that were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission, multiple reports said.