After the 7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved, the National Anomaly Committee is set to meet and decide on the hike in minimum pay.
The meeting would be held soon to decide on the fitment factor and also to take a decision on hiking the basic minimum pay.
The National Anomaly Committee will meet soon. On the agenda would be the basic minimum pay which the Central Government employees have demanded be raised from Rs 18,000 to Rs 25,000. The NAC would by a majority vote decide on this aspect.
What will NAC decide?
Sources say that there is a general agreement that the basic minimum pay should be hiked. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had assured that the minimum pay would be hiked. While the employee unions have been demanding that the minimum pay be hiked to Rs 25,000, the NAC majority would however vote to clear a Rs 21,000 hike in basic pay.
Fitment Factor to be tinkered with
The NAC would also take up for discussion the rise in fitment factor. In order to increase the basic minimum pay, the fitment factor currently at 2.57 will be raised to 3 times. Sources say that the NAC agrees that the fitment factor should be 3 times. This would ensure that the salary and pension for all Central Government employees would go up.
7th Pay Commission had recommended Rs 18,000
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended that the basic minimum pay would be at Rs 18,000. This was approved by the Union Cabinet in July. However the government has clarified that the minimum pay would vary and the national minimum pay does not stand at Rs 18,000. This is an indicator that the Central Government employees would hear good news from the government on an increase in basic minimum pay very soon. The decision to hike the minimum pay is being taken to improve the financial conditions of the Central Government employees, sources also said.