7th Pay Commission Report: Will Centre Approve Salary Hike For Junior-level Central Government Employees Beyond CPC Recommendations?

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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, Jan 18: There might be some dilemma in the minimum pay hike of Junior-level employees of central government beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. The National Anomaly Committee (NAC) has already sent the proposal through Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) recommending a hike in the minimum pay of junior-level central government employees beyond the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission, it is now up to the ministry. However, the process of increasing the minimum pay of the central government employees, whose pay falls within pay matrix level 5 beyond 7th Pay Commission, might be underway.

Although the DoPT is against NAC’s proposal of raising minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, there are speculations that the minimum pay of junior-level employees might be increased beyond what was suggested in the 7th Pay Commission. “The NAC was tasked with recommending new pay structures for central government employees especially lower-level employees up to the pay matrix level 5 after discussions with all stakeholders,” an official was quoted as saying by The Sen Times.

The DoPT, according to the reports, has not agreed with what the NAC had recommended. “…the NAC wanted to recommend minimum pay hike to Rs 21,000 from existing Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.00 times from existing 2.57 times,” the official said, adding that after which, the DoPT sent back the proposal to the finance ministry. The proposal to hike the minimum pay of the central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission is not up to the Ministry of Finance. (Also Read: Govt Employees in 19 BJP-Ruled States Reaping The Benefits of 7CPC)

There might be some hopes of hike in the minimum pay of junior-level employees beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, those of mid-level and senior level employees will not change. “There will be no change in salaries of employees above pay matrix level 5. The ministry is of the view that they have already got a good hike in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations,” a senior official added.

Originally, the 7th Pay Commission had recommended a rise of 14.27 per cent in the basic pay of the central government employees, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 a month, maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and fitment factor of 2.57. However, the central government employees sought minimum pay and fitment factor rise beyond the 7th Pay Commission. They demanded an increase in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.