New Delhi, Jan 29: The 7th Pay Commission had recommended that Rs 18,000 minimum salary must be given to the Central government employees. However, the recommendations of the seventh CPC were not accepted by the employees union that wanted more salary for employees. Now, it seems that the demand might get approved in Budget 2018. The government might pay up salary beyond what was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission, but without arrears.
A source told a news website that the government was committed to paying the hiked salary beyond the suggestion of the 7th Pay Commission in April. The salary hike will be given to lower level employees, but no arrears will be given by the government. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will table the proposal before the Cabinet in April.
The minimum salary for central government employees was increased to Rs 18,000 as recommended by the 7th pay commission. The highest salary was increased from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.5 times. The unions demanded that the minimum salary should be Rs 26,000 with a fitment factor to be 3.68 percent. The employees had gone on a strike in 2016. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had assured that their demands will be looked into.
The unions content that Rs 18,000 was not enough to live. Also the ratio from highest to lowest salary had dipped to 1:14, which was 1:12 in the 6th pay commission.
It was reported recently that the government might make the allocation for the revised salary in the upcoming Budget and raise the salary beyond 7th pay commission recommendation in April.