New Delhi, January 31: A day before Budget for the year 2018 will be tabled before the parliament, central government employees are positive that the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will bring something for them. On Tuesday, a top finance ministry official on the condition of anonymity said that the government was toying with the idea of bringing modifications of pay rules under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations to enhance the pay per month for lower-level central government employees upto the pay matrix level 5. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Arun Jaitley May Allocate Fund For Salary Hike Beyond CPC Recommendations in Budget) Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Centre Revises Night Duty Allowance Norms, Govt Employees to Get More Payment | Details Here  

According to The Sen Times, the source said that the government is on the path of effecting minor changes in the pay matrix upto level 5. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Tamil Nadu Freezes DA Till July 2021, Suspends Earned Leave Of Its Employees For One Year

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In July 2016, Jaitley also promised in Rajya Sabha to hike the pay of the central government employees beyond the suggestion of the 7th Pay Commission.

“The government is going to fulfil the promise of Arun Jaitley to increase the salary of employees upto the pay matrix level 5 beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations which will be paid from April,” the source further added.

The cabinet had earlier approved the proposal of the 7th pay panel on June 29, 2016, for replacing the 6th Pay Commission pay scales with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly.

The 7th Pay Panel recommended minimum pay Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay from Rs 2.5 lakh.

The unions also demanded for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and they also asked to raise fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

In September 2016, the National Anomaly Committee was formed to resolve pay related anomalies.

The Department of Training (DoPT) issued a letter on October 30, last year stating that the demand for an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula do not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of NAC.

The officials further added that the government is going to drop the DoPT letter and to implement the commitment, which was made by FM Jaitley to hike the pay of lower-level employees.