New Delhi, Mar 19: The National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which was formed to look into pay related anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, would soon recommend a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th CPC. In a major development, the government modified the definition of pay anomaly, allowing the NAC to take any decision of pay anomaly which was not taken by the 7th Pay Commission. However, Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan, on March 6, said the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Also Read - No, Working Hours For Central Government Staff Have Not Been Stretched to 7 PM | Here's The Truth
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) had issued a letter on October 30, 2017, saying that the demand for an increase in minimum pay and fitment factor does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC. The NAC had reportedly recommended a minimum pay of Rs 21,000 from the existing 18,000 with fitment factor of 3.00 instead of the existing 2.57 times, beyond what has been recommended in the 7th Pay Commission. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Tamil Nadu Freezes DA Till July 2021, Suspends Earned Leave Of Its Employees For One Year
The NAC had sent the proposal through the DoPT recommending a hike of the minimum salary for the central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, which was opposed by the DoPT. The government has now amended the pay anomaly definition and the DoPT has issued an Office Memorandum on March 14, after which the NAC can take decisions related to salary hike of central government employees. The DoPT letter was one of the hurdles between higher minimum pay and the central government employees. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Maharashtra Govt to Put on Hold DA, LTC of 12 Lakh Employees For Two Years
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay of central government employees, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 a month and maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57. However, the central government employees demanded a raise in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, alleging that the approved pay hike was the lowest in the last 70 years.
The minimum pay is likely to be increased, more than the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, only for the central government employees who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5. The salary of a mid-level and senior level will remain unchanged under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.