New Delhi, Mar 16: Amid uncertainty over the hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, a Finance Ministry official reiterated that the higher minimum pay will be approved in April this year. The official, who is a part of pay hike process beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, said the government is analysing whether the salary hike would help it in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The official, according to a report of Sen Times, said the lowest paid employees will get pay Rs 21,000 from April instead of Rs 18,000 which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the Cabinet on June 29, 2016. The lower-level employees with pay matrix level 1 to 5 will get their salary with fitment factor 3.00 times against the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.

There had been some factors that may have delayed the announcement of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) was against the National Anomaly Committee’s (NAC) proposal to hike the minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Later, the revelation of several bank frauds in recent months might have delayed higher minimum pay.

The government had approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in June 2016 raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month with fitment factor 2.57 times. The central government employees, however, have sought a raise in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.