New Delhi, Feb 27: The government is considering to raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC for the lower-level central government employees. The government may accept the demand of central government employees, raising minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.78 times from 2.57 times that were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet, said a Zee Business report. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Will Government Raise Minimum Pay to Rs 26,000 With Fitment Factor 3.68 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. There had been reports that the government was planning to hike minimum pay to Rs 21,000 with fitment factor 3.00 times, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. However, the central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times.

If media reports are to be believed, the pay hike will be put into the Gazette in next financial year and will be implemented from April 2018. Meanwhile, some reports suggested that 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. However, only lower-level employees may get the salary hike, while middle-level and top-level employees will continue to get salaries as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Earlier, a Finance Ministry official had said that the government was working on a strategy for raising the salary of lower-level employees beyond the recommendations of 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,” the official told Sen Times.