Published On: Thu, Sep 7th, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Central employees in wait for hike in minimum pay Rs 21,000

New Delhi: The central government is likely to announce hike in minimum pay Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 for its 4.8 million employees and 5.2 million pensioners, in a bid to ease the inflationary pressure, official sources said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked I-T officials to focus more on those who are not filing returns. Photo: PTI

Finance minister Arun Jaitley had promised that the government would announce the hike in minimum pay.

The hike in minimum pay only of central government employees was not helpful for maintaining their living standard, a Finance Ministry official involved with the process had told The Sen Times on condition of anonymity.

He had also said the minimum pay of central government employees should increase, which would give them some financial comfort, a step he had hoped might be taken by the National Anomaly Committee soon.

The Committee may agree to recommend the minimum pay Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 with raising fitment factor 3.00 times from 2.57 times at the behest of the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, he added.

It is noted that central government employees unions demanded for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and the and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times approved by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.

So, the government had formed a 22-member National Anomaly Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in September, 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

After due hearing and by majority vote of all its stakeholders, the National Anomaly Committee is likely to recommend to hike minimum pay Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000.

If the 2.57 fitment factor is tinkered with fitment factor 3.00, then salary and pension in general for all central government employees will go up.

Convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) (a platform of several central government employees’ unions) Shiv Gopal Mishra had said the government’s delay in announcing the hike in minimum has created resentment among employees.

“The Finance minister Arun Jaitley had promised us that the government would announce the hike in minimum pay,” he said.

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