7th Pay Commission: Inflation-targeted pay hike soon, draft on anvil
The Union Finance Ministry will soon begin work on the draft related to the salaries of Central Government employees.
The CG employees are expected to get a salary hike beyond the 7th Pay Commission starting April 1 2018. The Cabinet had last year approved the recommendations of the pay panel with 34 modifications. All the allowances were given effect from July 1 2017.
If the government goes ahead with the pay hike then it would benefit 47 lakh CG employees and 53 lakh pensioners.
Officials say that the government would take into consideration the economic situation before issuing the inflation targeted pay hike. It would be on these terms that that pay hike would be fixed.
The government will soon begin work on the draft. Some inputs which include the fitment factor will also be covered.
The government is under immense pressure to increase the salaries of those employees in the lower-level. The government had also formed the National Anomaly Committee to look into the anomalies rising out of the 7th Pay Commission. However there was a set back for the employees when the DoPT said in October last year that increase in minimum pay and fitment factor are not anomalies. This had forced the government to act on its own.
While CG employees could expect some good news on the salary hike, it is certain that it would be effective from April 1 2018 and there would no arrears, sources have said.