New Delhi, Nov 9: The government had approved a hike in salary and allowances as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC in June 2016 and July 2017 respectively. Since then, the central government employees have been demanding a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission. The government has indicated to raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet.

The National Anomaly Committee (NAC), which was formed to resolve all matters related to the anomalies in the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations, is yet to submit its report on the issue. Meanwhile, as many as 10 central trade unions are on a three-day “Relay Dharna” in front of Parliament to protest against the delay in pay hike under the 7th Pay Commission.

The NAC meeting, which was scheduled for October, has been postponed. No new date has been given but media reports suggested the meeting is likely to take place only after the elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are over. The result of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat will be declared on December 18. The government has reportedly asked the NAC to take a decision that will not cause job loss. The NAC has been advised to also keep in mind what is affordable to the government while proposing a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

The NAC may suggest hiking minimum pay to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000. Fitment factor will be raised to 3.00 times from the existing 2.57 times. The Cabinet is likely to take up the pay hike over the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for the central government employees by the end of January. Meanwhile, the central government employees reiterated their demand for higher minimum pay with fitment factor 3.68.

The 7th Pay Commission, led by Justice AK Mathur, raised minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month and fitment factor to 2.57 times, which was approved by the Cabinet on June 28 last year. However, the central government employees expressed dissatisfaction and demanded to raise minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

Though there is no official announcement, media reports suggested that the government is likely to raise minimum pay to Rs 21,000 with 17 per cent hike over Rs 18,000 existing minimum pay, which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission. As far as arrears on higher minimum pay are concerned, the government seems in no mood to release them for the central government employees.

Source:- IC