New Delhi, November 4: The central government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, may take a final call on a hike in minimum pay, under the 7th Pay Commission, this month. Central government employees have been waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for over two years. According to a report by Jansatta, the government is likely to make a decision this month. 7th Pay Commission: Indian Coast Guard Issues Notification For Filling Posts of Naviks; Selected Candidates to Get Rs 21,700 Monthly Salary Under 7th CPC.
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 percent hike in basic pay, raising minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 month with fitment factor 2.57 times. However, the central government employees have been asking to raise minimum pay to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor 3.68 times. There had been reports in the past that the government would announce a hike before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. However, no such announcement was made.
In March 2018, then Minister of State Finance, P Radhakrishnan had told Rajya Sabha that the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. His statement had dashed hopes of 50 lakh Central government employees and an equivalent number of retirees. 7th Pay Commission Latest Dearness Allowance Hike: Diwali 2019 Bonus Details For Tier 1 And 2 Cities.
"The minimum pay of Rs.18,000/- p.m. and fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration," he said in a written reply. However, the Jansatta report said that the government may take a decision on an increase in salary under the 7th Pay Commission, which would increase the purchasing power of people.