New Delhi, Feb 27: While the government is likely to approve a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC for employees upto the pay matrix level 5, middle-level employees are unhappy as they might not be given a raise in the salary. Only lower-paid employees are likely to get a salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. (Update: 7th Pay Commission: Government to Raise Minimum Pay to Rs 26,000 With Fitment Factor 3.68 Times?)

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 and approved by the Cabinet. 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.

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. A day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised central government employees to consider their request to raise minimum pay and fitment factor.

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.

The government has reportedly 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. The development assumes significance as the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, promised central government employees to appoint a high-level committee to look into the issue of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor.