The minimum pay hike for Central Government employees following the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission had become a major issue. The government has been looking into the matter and has assured that the basic minimum pay would be hiked.
The Central Government have been demanding a pay hike from Rs 18,000 to Rs 25,000. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised to look into the issue. Sources say that the pay hike is round the corner and Central Government employees waiting for good news on pay hike will not have to wait long.
Minimum Pay hike coming in January
As per the ongoing process, sources say that the minimum pay hike will be effective from January 2018. There are still some processes remaining to be completed. This would take at least another two to three months, officials also said. Currently there is work on increasing the fitment factor. The fitment will have to be raised from 2.57 to 3 times.
What process remains
To look into these issues the National Anomaly Committee had been formed. The committee has been in touch with officials and is studying the issue from all angles. For the minimum pay hike to be raised, the NAC would have to approve the same. The NAC would have to vote in majority and sources say that this will surely take place. The NAC is likely to meet in October.
What will minimum pay hike be
While CG employees have been demanding for a minimum pay hike of Rs 25,000, the government is most likely to give Rs 21,000. Government officials say that the final minimum pay hike is set to be at Rs 21,000 and the NAC too is of a similar view. The government is planning on raising the fitment factor 3 times from 2.57 as a result of which the basic minimum pay would go up from 2.57 times to 3.
What 7th Pay Commission had said
The government approved the 7th Pay Commission's recommendations of the minimum from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.25 lakh per month and Rs 2.5 lakh for the cabinet secretary-the senior-most civil servant and a fitment factor of 2.57 has been proposed to apply uniformly for all employees.