New Delhi, November 6: A large number of central government employees are expecting that the pay cap under the 7th Pay Commission will be lifted soon as the government is expected to accept the recommendations of National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which are due to report next week. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his team will now get “flexibility” to breach the longstanding minimum pay 18,000 with fitment factor 2.57.
The expectation further gained momentum as the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made a promise to raise minimum pay of the central government employees in a meeting with the central government employees’ unions leaders on June 30, 2016, a day after the cabinet approved the recommendations made by the 7th Pay Commission.
The NJCA and many other central government employees unions had reacted strongly to the pay awards and had expressed their dissatisfaction over the inadequate hike in basic pay and threatened to go on indefinite strike.
The Unions had also warned that making employees minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and asked to raise fitment factor to 3.68 times from 2.57 times.
The National Anomaly Committee which was formed in September 2016 has also started looking into the pay irregularities arising out of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.
For last several weeks, there has been speculation that the pay cap would be lifted in response to unions demand.
The 7th Pay Commission, led by Justice A K Mathur had proposed that the minimum pay must be raised from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times of basic pay of sixth pay commission.