Published On: Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017

7th Pay Commission: FM Jaitley to keep promise of minimum pay hike

New Delhi: Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley is likely to announce an increase in minimum monthly pay of central government employees beyond the Rs 18,000 suggested by the 7th Pay Commission, a top official of the finance ministry today told The Sen Times on condition of anonymity.

NAC will give its nod to minimum pay Rs 21,000 with raising fitment factor 3.00 times from 2.57 times at the behest of FM Arun Jaitley.

NAC will give its nod to hike minimum pay Rs 21,000 with raising fitment factor 3.00 times from 2.57 times at the behest of FM Arun Jaitley.

Jaitley had agreed to the meeting to resolve the problems of minimum pay hike of central government employees, who had met representatives of several central government employees’ unions late on June 30, 2016 for almost two hours and assured them that their demand would be looked into, in home minister Rajnath Singh’s house with other two cabinet ministers—Rajnath Singh and Suresh Prabhu.

The assurance had prevented several central government employees’ unions to go ahead with the indefinite strike starting July 11, 2016.

According to Shiva Gopal Mishra, general secretary of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), a confederation of several central government employees’ unions, Jaitley had agreed to form a high powered committee to look into the anomalies in the pay commission recommendations’ implementation.

So, Jaitley has formed National Anomaly Committee (NAC) 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.

Earlier, The 7th Pay Commission had recommended the minimum from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay has been hiked from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.25 lakh per month and Rs 2.5 lakh for the cabinet secretary—the senior-most civil servant and a fitment factor of 2.57 has been proposed to apply uniformly for all employees.

The unions have been demanding minimum pay Rs 26,000, higher than the Rs 18,000 approved by the cabinet on June 29, 2016 on the 7th Pay Commission’s report and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

“The meeting of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) is likely to be held in October and the committee will give its nod to hike minimum pay Rs 21,000 with raising fitment factor 3.00 times from 2.57 times at the behest of the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,” the official told us.

“After due hearing and by majority vote of all its stakeholders, the National Anomaly Committee may recommend to hike minimum pay Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000,” he confirmed.

The increasing the minimum pay will change the salary fitment calculations. If the minimum pay is hiked from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000, the fitment rate will be gone to 3.00 times from the 2.57 times approved by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.

“If the 2.57 fitment formula is tinkered with, then salary and pension in general for all segments of employees will go up,” he assured.

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