Published On: Fri, Nov 10th, 2017

7th Pay Commission: New pay hike from April says Finmin

New Delhi: Finance Ministry sources on Friday said that new pay hike for central government employees would come into effect from 1 April 2018.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has also been appointed defence minister as Manohar Parrikar, stepped down on Sunday to become Goa CM.

FM Arun Jaitley made promise to raise minimum pay.

The sources told The Sen Times the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) would submit report on pay hike by December 15 and then it would be sent to the cabinet for approval.

So, the new pay hike will come into effect by April next year at the latest, they added.

However, the sources slammed some of the media reports on the issue, terming them ‘stupid reports’.

Quoting Finance Ministry sources, a number of newspapers said the new pay hike would be implemented from January, whereas the sources told us today that the ministry had only said the report of the National Anomaly Committee would be available by that day and its implementation would be done afterwards in due process.

Earlier, the Union Cabinet had approved recommendations of the 7th Pay commission and gave nod minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh as well as fitment factor of pay fixation uniformly was approved 2.57 times of basic pay of sixth pay commission for all central government employees.

The central government employees unions had reacted angrily to the pay awards, had expressed their dissatisfaction over the inadequate hike in pay and threatened to go on indefinite strike.

There was also warning from the unions that making employees minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made promise to raise minimum pay of the central government employees in a meeting with the central government employees’ unions leaders on June 30, 2016, day after the cabinet approval of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Consequently, Jaitley formed NAC in September, 2016 to look into the pay irregularities arising out of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

“The NAC is likely to go ahead for hike in minimum pay Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 from the existing 2.57 to fitment factor 3.00,” the sources added.

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