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New Delhi, November 1: A large number of central government employees have been eagerly waiting for their minimum pay to be hiked from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000 under the 7th Pay Commission and it seems now the good news is not too far. Earlier there were reports that the Narendra Modi government has finally given a green signal for the hike in minimum pay and fitment factor for the Central Government employees.

This is a big news, as more than 48 lakh government employees have been waiting for the pay hike for last 18 months. Earlier this week there were reports that the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) and Department of Expenditure will take a final call on the matter. The NAC has got the nod from the government to increase minimum salary and fitment factor, a report in Jansatta said. Now, it is being expected that the minimum salary will go up to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000.

The National Anomaly Committee was formed to look into various pay related anomalies arising out of the implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations. The 22-member panel is being headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and has members of both the official and staff side.

A recent order issued by the DoPT said, the government has decided to set up the anomaly committee of the National Council (Joint Consultative Machinery) consisting of representatives of the official side and the staff side to settle any anomalies arising out of the implementation of the Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Earlier in June, the Union Cabinet had approved the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission with 34 modifications. The increased allowances came into effect on July 1, 2017, which was also based on the recommendations of the Committee on Allowances (CoA).