7th Pay Commission: Will Government Approve Hike in Minimum Pay, Fitment Factor in 2018?

| December 28, 2017

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New Delhi, Dec 28: The government approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC in 2016. It’s been more than a year but some issues including a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission are yet to be resolved. The delay over higher minimum pay and non-payment of arrears on revised allowances under the 7th Pay Commission caused tremendous irritation and frustration among the central government employees, a union leader reportedly said. Will the government announce a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor in 2018?








If media reports are to be believed, the government is likely to form a high-level committee to fix new pay structure beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. The development came after a letter from DoPT stated that the demand for an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC).




The high-level committee will submit a report on the salary hike, beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission in six months. However, the official announcement regarding the formation of the high-level committee has not been made yet. The central government employees have been asking the Centre to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet.

The government approved the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission on salary hike in 2016. However, the recommendations regarding allowances were notified a year later. The government further refused to give arrears on higher allowances. The delayed implementation of revised allowances has saved nearly Rs 40,000 crore of the government. The government may be carrying forward the same strategy in regards to the hike in minimum pay and fitment factor.




The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay — the lowest in 70 years, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month.

Source:- IC

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