Published On: Thu, Oct 5th, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Hike in pay set to rise in January

New Delhi: Central government employees will see their paychecks go up with the turn of the new year, the Cabinet will take up the pay hike over the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for the central government employees in January.

FM Arun Jaitley has made the National Anomaly Committee to look into pay anomalies.

FM Arun Jaitley has made the National Anomaly Committee to look into pay anomalies.

Debates surrounding the pros and cons of hike in pay have reverberated through the nation. While the central government employees unions have said pay hikes will pull employees on the low end of the pay scale out of poverty, those on the right have argued that hike in pay costs for government exchequer will hamper the economy and have harmful fallout for the employees also, who proport to help.

But in 2016, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised to hike minimum pay after discussions with all stakeholders, when the central government employees unions had 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.

The government had been under pressure to form a high level pay hike committee, so Jaitley has made the 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 government already realize and know that the government have fund to bring employees up tomorrow so the government has to look at a pay hike to bring every employees up to par with raising fitment factor better than approved by the Cabinet on June 29.” a top official of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, who did not wish to be named told The Sen Times.

The official said, “government will be recommending a salary increases for employees next year but is not saying how much right now or how the government’ll pay to its employees.”

“However, sources in the Finance Ministry said they have learnt that the government has asked the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to go ahead for hike in basic pay with fitment factor 3.00,” the official added.

“The meeting of NAC is likely to be held in this month for hike in basic pay with fitment factor 3.00. Accordingly, minimum pay will be hiked Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000,” the official confirmed.

The recommendations of NAC of hike in pay would be finalised in January after examining by the Department of Expenditure as well as the Empowered Committee of Secretaries and following that it will be placed before the Cabinet by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, he assured.

The 7th Pay Commission, led by Justice A K Mathur, earlier proposed minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with fitment factor 2.57, which have been paid with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016.


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