7th Pay Commission: Salary Hike Unlikely as Government Not Considering Increase in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor Beyond CPC Recommendations
New Delhi, Feb 20: The government is likely to give its nod to hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC in April this year. However, There would be no hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission for the top and middle-level employees of the central government. Only lower-paid employees are likely to get a salary hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
If media reports are to be believed, the government may 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. “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,” a Finance Ministry official told Sen Times.
The official also said that the following the announcement of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for hiking salaries central government employees in Parliament on July 19, 2016, the government is mulling to raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from April this year. A day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Jaitley had promised central government employees to consider their request to raise minimum pay and fitment factor.
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. Unlike the 7th Pay Commission, ‘the government is seeing hike in pay with fitment formula 3.00 times of basic pay of 6th pay commission’, said the Finance Ministry official, reported Sen Times.