The Hush Post: Central government employees could get an increased salary over and above the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC from April 2018.
The announcement regarding it is in the offing in the Union Budget. However, this over and above seventh CPC recommendation is only for the low-paid employees. The senior and middle-level employees will continue to get the salaries as per the recommendations of the seventh pay commission. However, there is little clarity on whether the government will raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of seventh pay commission.
The finance ministry is contemplating hike in pay for those who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5, beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. Two years ago, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised that a high-level committee would look into the issue of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor.
The Finance Ministry may review the DoPT letter regarding employees who draw salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5. The DoPT letter says hike in minimum pay and fitment formula beyond the recommendation of the pay commission doesn’t look like an anomaly and thus they do not come under the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC).
The seventh pay commission had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month. However, the central government employees have sought raising minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.