7th Pay Commission Recommendations were implemented in 2016. However, Central Government employees were demanding a salary hike beyond Seventh Pay Commission recommendation. It seems their wait is about to end as minimum salary hike could be increased after the end of this financial year, which is from April 1. The financial year 2017-2018 ends on March 31, which is when the employees might get salary hike more than what was recommended for them.
The Union government approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in the year 2016. The government approved a minimum basic salary of Rs 18000 for Central government employees. The fitment factor for the raise was 2.57 per cent. However, the salary recommendations made the by the 7th CPC was not enough for the employees as they demanded more hike. They wanted more salary hike than was recommended by the seventh pay commission. They also went on a strike in 2016. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised that their concerns would be looked into.
The Central government employees wanted that the minimum basic pay be made Rs 26,000 per month. The fitment factor they demanded was way beyond what was recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission. They demanded 3.68 times fitment factor which would have increased the minimum and maximum salary of Central government employees.
According to reports, the government might agree to pay minimum salary to be Rs 21,000 and fitment factor to be 3 times. However, it might be difficult for the government to do that due to financial constraints.
According to another report, the hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond what has been recommended in the 7th Pay Commission would be done when the Dearness Allowance rises above 50 per cent.