New Delhi, Feb 23: In June 2016, the government had approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, which raised minimum pay and fitment factor. Since then, the central government employees have been demanding to raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
As far as the current status is concerned, the government has formed a panel to take the final call on a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, had promised central government employees to appoint a high-level committee to look into the issue.
This came amid reports that the government is considering to announce a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in April this year. The government may 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.
“The employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5 will get a salary increase with fitment factor 3.00 times instead of 2.57 times of basic pay of 6th pay commission. Accordingly, minimum pay will be hiked up to Rs 21,000,” a Finance Ministry official told Sen Times.
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.