7th Pay Commission: If reports are to be believed, Central government employees will get a pay rise with a fitment factor of 3 times of basic pay of the 6th pay commission. The amount will be much more than the 7th pay commission recommendations. The decision might be taken to show that the country’s economic state is robust. The increase in the salaries will disbursed in the next financial year, which begins on April 1, 2018. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised in 2016 that the pay hike for the employees will be more than the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Railways Employees to March to Parliament For Higher Minimum Pay, Withdrawal of NPS)

The 7th CPC had  recommended that the minimum pay for government employees should be raised to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000. The maximum salary should be increased from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. The fitment factor under the recommendation was 2.5 times. The Union Cabinet approved the recommendations. However, Central Government employees were not happy with the offer.

The Central government employees went on a strike in 2016. The employees demanded that the minimum basic pay should be made Rs 26,000 with a fitment factor of 3.68 times. The government is mulling to pay the money to employees who are in the pay matrix level between 1 to 5.

According to reports, the government might agree to pay minimum salary to be Rs 21,000 and fitment factor to be 3 times. However, it might be difficult for the government to do that due to financial constraints.