7th Pay Commission Latest News Today: NAC May Recommend Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor in December
New Delhi, Nov 18: The central government employees might receive a good news in December regarding hike a minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. The National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is expected to suggest recommendations on higher minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission by December 15, 2017. The process is underway to raise the minimum pay beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay commission. However, the central government employees have to wait until April 2018 for their raise.
The government has agreed to raise the minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month and maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57, as proposed by the 7th Pay Commission. However, the central government employees have demanded a raise in minimum pay by Rs 8,000 i.e., from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, which is beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
The NAC was supposed to discuss the hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission in October. The dates were postponed after the Election Commission declared the dates for Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. The committee will now meet Arun Jaitley in December 2017, more likely to finalise hike in minimum pay beyond what is recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.
“The pay hikes should be good news for the lowest-paid employees, who struggle to afford housing, transportation, and education in one of the most expensive regions in the nation,” a central government employees unions leader said. A hike in the minimum pay, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, is expected to lift the quality of life for government employees and help in eradicating poverty.
Earlier reports had suggested that the government would raise minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission from January but the government sources have revealed that the hike in minimum pay would come into effect by April next year at the latest.
The government had approved a hike in salary and allowances as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission 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 and raised minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month.