7th Pay Commission: Is minimum pay hike from Rs 18,000 to 26,000 under consideration?
There are still some issues that need to be resolved after the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission were approved by the Union Cabinet. Under consideration is a hike in basic pay for Central Government employees.
Union leaders have urged the Finance Minister to raise the basic minimum pay to Rs 26,000. It would be the easiest way to solve the problem, some leaders have said.
Raise basic minimum pay
The current minimum pay is Rs 18,000. After much calculations and debates, it was said that if this amount is raised to Rs 26,000 then most of the problems would be solved. The government employees are however upset that the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not keep up his word after saying all demands would be considered by the government.
Before the recommendations were approved there were a series of meetings between the Finance Ministry officials and the Union leaders. At every meeting they were assured that their demands would be met. The employees had sought for many demands including hike in minimum pay and also a reduction in the pay gap.
Change 2.57 fitment formula
The employees want the 2.57 fitment formula tinkered with. If this is done then the salary and pension would automatically go up. This would sort out a lot of issues and the problems of the Central Government employees will be solved. However the most important thing for the government to consider at this moment is the increase in basic minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000.
A ray of hope under 7th Pay Commission
Sources in the government say that they have not shut this case. Some considerations would be taken into account. However what government employees should note is that the 7th Pay Commission is most likely to be the last. Salary hikes would be done on a yearly basis and it would depend on the price rise or inflation in the market. In addition to this the basic minimum pay increase is also being considered by the ministry. A decision would be taken after the Modi cabinet reshuffle and depending on whether the Finance portfolio would change or not.