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New Delhi: The National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is likely to make only minor changes to hike pay over the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for the central government employees.

“The NAC will about to ditto the pay commission recommendation on hike in pay, only the fitment factor for basic pay will be raised to 3.00 times, instead of the present 2.57 times as approved by the Cabinet on January 29.

After receiving the National Anomaly Committee report from Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) Ajay Mittal, who led the committee, the report will be examined by the Department of Expenditure,” a top Finance Ministry official, who did not wish to be named told The Sen Times.

The 7th Pay Commission, led by Justice A K Mathur, earlier proposed minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh, which have been paid with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016.

The central government employees unions had expressed their dissatisfaction over the inadequate hike in basic pay in accordance to the pay panel recommendations.

They are demanding for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and the and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

Accordingly, National Anomaly Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has been formed in September, 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

“The meeting of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is likely to be held in October for hike in basic pay with fitment factor 3.00.

After due hearing and by majority vote of all its stakeholders, the National Anomaly Committee will make minor changes in hike in pay for central government employees and may recommend to hike minimum pay Rs 21,000 with fitment factor 3.00 from Rs 18,000 with fitment factor 2.57,” the official said.

The Finance minister Arun Jaitley had earlier also said in a meeting, “The minimum pay Rs 18,000 was made on recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission but government will consider hiking it after discussions with all stakeholders.”

The recommendations of hike in pay would be finalised by January after examining by the Department of Expenditure as well as the Empowered Committee of Secretaries and following that it will be placed before the Cabinet by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, he said.

No matter when the recommendations are finalised, the new hike in pay will be made effective from January 1 next year, the official asserted.