New Delhi, Apr 18: Though the government has clarified that it was not considering salary hike for central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, a media report claimed the announcement on increase in minimum pay and fitment factor would be made soon. The report said the government would soon make an announcement on a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission despite Arun Jaitley’s ailment. (Update: 7th Pay Commission: Salary Hike Likely as Govt May Increase Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor Before Lok Sabha Elections)
“There has been no proposal under discussion regarding withdrawal of pay hike beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, which had been promised by FM Jaitley in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016. He takes seriously his promise and wants to see the concrete result of his promise,” sources in Finance Ministry were quoted as saying by Sen Times. Jaitley had said in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016, “The minimum pay Rs 18,000 was made on recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. But the government will consider hiking it after discussions with all stakeholders.”
“Unless something drastic happens, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will make pay hike announcement for central government employees after his recovery,” a senior source close to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was also quoted as saying. Here, it may be noted that the Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan, last month, told Rajya Sabha the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
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. The government is reportedly mulling to 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, multiple reports said.