7th Pay Commission: Junior level employees above pay matrix 5 set to get pay hike
The junior level Central Government employees are likely to get a hike beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The proposal to increase the salaries of this level of CG employees is under consideration.
The government has however decided to keep the hike in salaries for mid-level and senior level CG employees on hold for now.
Who gets salary hike
The proposal is now to increase the salaries of all Central Government employees whose salaries fall within the pay matrix 5. The Finance Ministry is currently examining a recommendation to this effect. While it is unclear what the numbers would be, various aspects are under consideration.
Burden on exchequer
The main aspect under consideration is the burden on the exchequer. On examination, it was found that the junior level CG employees were hit the hardest and hence a salary hike for them would be necessary. The numbers on how much the salary hike would be are under consideration.
How long should CG employees wait
The government has made it clear that those employees above the pay matrix level 5 would not get salary hikes for now. As per, the recommendation their hikes were good and hence there is no need for any change now, government officials said. The matter is currently under deliberation and the government would come up with some kind of announcement in the next four to five weeks if all goes as per plan.
What 7th Pay Commission had recommended
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a hike of 14.27 per cent in basic pay of central government employees, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month. The employees had however demanded that the hike is raised to Rs 26,000. The government feels that it has already reviewed the salaries and perks of Central Government employees above the pay matrix 5. Hence, it was decided that they do not need higher pay matrix levels.