New Delhi, December 20: Around 48 lakh Central government employees who are eagerly waiting for the pay hike have almost lost hopes for a hike in minimum pay under7th Pay Commission since the DoPT letter says minimum pay and fitment factor don’t come under the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC). Most of the employees who are annoyed with the delay had also threatened to go on an indefinite strike over hike in minimum pay issue. On October 30, a letter from Department of Personnel and Training had also deeply annoyed them.
The letter states that the hike in minimum Pay and Fitment Formula do not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC).
According to a report, the major bone of contentions between government and central government employees’ unions are minimum pay and fitment factor.
Earlier, the Union Government approved recommendation made by the 7th Pay Commission on minimum pay and increased the monthly wage to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly of basic pay of 6th Pay Commission.
The Unions have been demanding minimum pay to be increased to Rs 26,000 instead of Rs 18,000 with a fitment factor of 3.68.
The NJCA, a union of government staff claimed that the recommended pay hike was the lowest in the last 70 years and the Pay Commission award was not discussed with them, hence they had threatened to go on an indefinite strike on July 11, 2016.
The unions had called off their indefinite strike after the government announced that a high-level committee would be formed to address their demands.
Last year, the representatives of the unions had also met the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
In September 2016, a 22-member NAC headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) was formed and instead of a high-level committee to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.