New Delhi, Dec 22: The wait for a hike in minimum pay beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC is getting longer day by day. Following the DoPT letter saying the demand for an increase in minimum pay and fitment formula beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission does not come under the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC), the central government employees have lost hope completely. The latest update is that the government may form a high-level committee to fix new pay structure beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.
On June 30, 2016, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised to appoint a high-level committee to look into the issue of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor. Instead of the high-level panel, the government constituted NAC in September 2016, to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.
The central government employees had pinned hopes on the NAC. However, they received major setback when a letter from DoPT to Secretary of Staff Side Shiv Gopal Mishra 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 NAC.
The central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times. They have warned the government to go on indefinite strike if it doesn’t raise minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.
The government had approved recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on a hike in salary and allowances in June 2016 and July 2017 respectively. 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.