New Delhi, Dec 25: The government is likely to form a high-level committee to fix new pay structure beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC. But the question arises will the high-level committee recommend a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or the central government employees will be left disappointed again. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees

The central government employees had pinned hopes on the National Anomaly Committee (NAC). However, they received major setback when a letter from DoPT to Secretary of Staff Side Shiv Gopal Mishra stated that the demand for an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Hike in Dearness Allowance, Dearness Relief For 50 Lakh Central Govt Employees From This Month 

On June 30, 2016, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Arun Jaitley had promised to appoint a high-level committee to look into the issue of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor. Instead of the high-level panel, the government constituted NAC in September 2016. However, the NAC is unlikely to provide any relief to the central government employees. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Railways Offers Jobs With Huge Package, Increment | Apply Today

According to sources in the Finance Ministry, the high-level committee will submit a report on the salary hike, beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, of more than 1 crore Central government employees and pensioners in six months. The committee will have secretaries from ministries of Home Affairs and Defence, department of personnel and training, pension, revenue, expenditure, posts, health, science and technology Chairman of Railway Board and Deputy CAG as its members.

The central government employees have been asking the Centre to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. They have warned the government to go on indefinite strike if it doesn’t raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

The government had approved recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on a hike in salary and allowances in June 2016 and July 2017 respectively. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay — the lowest in 70 years, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month.