New Delhi, March 2: Around 48 lakh government employees are likely to see a slight pay bump in their monthly pay to start off from April. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had reportedly promised for increasing salaries of lower-level employees beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission and had also said this in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016. (Update: 7th Pay Commission: Government Unlikely to Hike Minimum Pay to Rs 26,000 With Fitment Factor 3.68 Times; Here’s Why)

From April this year, the nation-wide increase is likely to go into effect, giving employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5, a pay bump with a fitment factor 3.00 times instead of current 2.57 times of basic pay of 6th Pay Commission, a senior government official said on a condition of anonymity.

According to several reports, the government is planning to give minimum pay of Rs 21,000 instead of current Rs 18,000 but the increase will differ based on pay matrix level, the official added.

In June 2016, the 7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by the Union Cabinet. The pay commission had recommended the minimum pay of Rs 18,000 but the central government employees unions have been demanding a further raise to Rs 26,000 with a fitment formula of 3.68 times.

The government has now started working to transform pay hike into a reality of the lower-level employees from April, following the promise of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament and the demands of the unions despite the DoPT letter on October 30, last year, the official further confirmed.

The letter published by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) stating that the demand for hike in pay and fitment factor do not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC.

In September 2016, the government had also formed the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to resolve pay related anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

The recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission had benefited more than 1 crore central government employees and pensioners but it is the lowest in 70 years.