7th Pay Commission News: Salary Hike Beyond CPC Recommendations From April, Assures FM Official

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7th Pay Commission: Will There be Good News About Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor Beyond CPC Recommendations in April?

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a hike in minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000, maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with fitment factor 2.57 times.

New Delhi, Feb 12: Even though there is no official confirmation for hiking salary of central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, a Finance Ministry official reportedly said the Centre will raise their pay from April this year. The government is working on a strategy for raising the salary of lower-level employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

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. The official added that the government will implement salary hike beyond 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations from April as it is legally bound to implement Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s announcement in Parliament on July 19, 2016, for hiking pay.

On June 30, 2016, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Arun Jaitley held a meeting with representatives of central government employees unions at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. At the meeting, Jaitley assured them that their demand of raising minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission would be considered.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended minimum pay Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay from Rs 2.5 lakh. However, the central government employees have been demanding to raise minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. While the minimum pay of those of junior-level employees might be increased, those of mid-level and senior level employees will continue to get salary as the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.