New Delhi, Mar 1: 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. It was approved by the government in June 2016. Since then, central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times. Will the government accept the demand of central government employees to raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission? (ALSO READ: 7th Pay Commission: Big Update on Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor on Holi) Also Read - No, Working Hours For Central Government Staff Have Not Been Stretched to 7 PM | Here's The Truth

There had been reports that the government was planning to hike minimum pay to Rs 21,000 with fitment factor 3.00 times, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. However, a report by Zee Business said the government may accept the demand of central government employees, raising minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.78 times from 2.57 times that were recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Tamil Nadu Freezes DA Till July 2021, Suspends Earned Leave Of Its Employees For One Year

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. However, central government employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5 will get a salary increase. Middle-level and top-level employees will continue to get salaries as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. “The government plans to give minimum pay Rs 21,000 instead of current Rs 18,000 but the increase will differ based on pay matrix level,” an official told Sen Times. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Maharashtra Govt to Put on Hold DA, LTC of 12 Lakh Employees For Two Years

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,” another official was quoted as saying.