7th Pay Commission: Is DoPT delaying hike in minimum pay
The 7th Pay Commission issue has begun to rage on again. While many say that no hike would be coming, there are several Central Government employees who are waiting for some good news this year at least.
However there is some cheer for the junior level employees as the National Anomaly Committee has recommended a hike in their minimum pay. However there will be no change of pay for mid and senior level CG employees.
DoPT against hike:
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is reportedly against the NAC's proposal to hike the minimum pay and fitment factor, The NAC had recommended a minimum pay to increase from 18,000 to Rs 21,000 and also increase the fitment factor from the existing 2.57 times to 3.00, beyond what has been recommended in the 7th Pay Commission.
NAC has sent the proposal through the DoPT recommending a hike of the minimum salary for the central government employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The DoPT in return has forward it to the finance ministry. After discussions with all stakeholders, the NAC was suppose to recommend new pay structures for central government employees especially lower-level employees up to the pay matrix level 5.
Hike will take place:
The minimum pay is likely to be increased only for the central government employees who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5. As far as mid-level and senior level central government employees are considered, there will be no change in salaries of employees above pay matrix level 5.
7th Pay Commission recommendations:
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended raise of the basic pay to Rs 18,000 from Rs 7,000a month, while the maximum basic pay to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 80,000 and fitment factor of 2.57. 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.