New Delhi, Mar 19: Amid reports of a hike in salaries of central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, the government on March 6 said no such proposal was under consideration. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan said the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Also Read - No, Working Hours For Central Government Staff Have Not Been Stretched to 7 PM | Here's The Truth

“The minimum pay of Rs.18,000/- p.m. and fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration,” said P Radhakrishnan in his reply to the Upper House of Parliament. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Tamil Nadu Freezes DA Till July 2021, Suspends Earned Leave Of Its Employees For One Year

The MoS was replying to a question by Samajwadi Party MP Neeraj Shekhar in which he asked “whether Government is actively contemplating to increase minimum pay from Rs.18,000/- to Rs.21,000/- and fitment factor from 2.57 to 3, in view of resentment among Central Government employees over historically lowest increase in pay by 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).” Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Maharashtra Govt to Put on Hold DA, LTC of 12 Lakh Employees For Two Years

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay of central government employees, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000. However, the central government employees demanded a raise in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. There had been reports that the government was mulling to raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 and fitment factor 3.00.