Published On: Thu, Sep 21st, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Govt may take final call on pay hike in January

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is likely to take a final decision on pay hike better than the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations in January for 1 crore central government employees and pensioners.

National Anomaly Committee’s report on pay hike better than the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations would be presented to the FM Arun Jaitley in January.

National Anomaly Committee’s report on pay hike better than the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations would be presented to the FM Arun Jaitley in January.

The assurance has been given to this effect by a top finance ministry official on condition of anonymity.

“The Finance Ministry will hike the pay with raising fitment factor 3.00 times from 2.57 times, will be paid from January next year and minimum pay is likely to get hiked to Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000,”  he told The Sen Times.

“The meeting of National Anomaly Committee is likely to take place towards the end of September or by the first week of October.
The committee may recommend to hike pay Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 with raising fitment factor 3.00 times from 2.57 times,” he added.

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, he confirmed.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended the fitment factor of 2.57 uniformly for all employees to pay hike and minimum pay has been raised from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay has been hiked from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh.

The central government employees unions are demanding for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

So, the government formed 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.

The central government employees unions’ leaders argue that the current minimum pay Rs 18,000 is not enough to live on. They also say that raising it might also be beneficial for reducing the pay gap, The pay gap between the highest maximum pay and the lowest minimum pay in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is 1:14, which was 1:12 in the 6th pay scale.

The pay gap has long inspired debate. Some argue it’s a myth. Others say it is misleading.

However, the National Anomaly Committee’s report on pay hike better than the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations would be presented to the Finance minister Arun Jaitley in January, the top finance ministry official clarified.

It would be forwarded to the Cabinet in January for nod after the finance ministry reviews the report, he added.

TST

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