New Delhi, January 9: Around 48 lakh government employees and 52 lakh pensioners passed the challenging year of 2017 but the year 2018 is more challenging for them for a number of factors including a hike in pay, fitment factor, pay anomalies, and non-payment of arrears on allowances under 7th Pay Commission, employees’ unions said. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, HRA, Travel Allowance of Central Govt Employees Likely to Change From April | Details Here

The delay in implementation of allowances has saved Rs 40,000 crore of government’s exchequer. The non-payment of arrears on allowances also caused tremendous irritation and frustration among the central government employees, union leaders said. Also Read - India Post Recruitment 2021: Last Date to Apply For This Vacancy Ends Today | Check Age Limit, Salary Details Here

In August 2016, the government gave higher basic pay with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016, to its employees on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission but the allowances notified on June 6 without arrears, which came into effect from July 1, 2017. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News Today: Centre Announces Massive Rs 80,000 Hike in THIS Ceiling - Deets Inside

The recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission got the Cabinet nod on June 29, 2016, in respect of basic pay, the pay panel had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay.

The previous 6th Pay Commission had also recommended a 20 per cent hike, which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

In last 60 years, all pay commissions made up pay gap in respect of basic pay between lower paid employees and top bureaucrats from second Pay Commission at 1:41 ration to 6th Pay Commission 1:12, while 7th Pay Commission made it highest about to 1:14.

The 7th Pay Panel also recommended minimum monthly pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh per month with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly of basic pay of 6th Pay Commission.

However, on the other side, the employee unions have been demanding a minimum pay of Rs 26,000 instead of Rs 18,000 with a fitment factor of 3.68 times.

The unions also claimed that the recommended pay hike was the lowest in the last 70 years and the Pay Commission award was not discussed with them, hence they have threatened to go on an indefinite strike over minimum wage hike on July 11, 2016. However, they have called off their indefinite strike after the government announced that a High-Level Committee would be formed to address their demands.

Due to this, the government went ahead and formed the 22-member National Anomaly Committee (NAC) headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in September 2016 instead of a High-Level Committee to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.