Published On: Fri, Nov 24th, 2017

7th Pay Commission: No scope to change in minimum pay

New Delhi: Finance Ministry sources today said on condition of anonymity, there is no scope to change in minimum pay Rs 18,000, recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and approved by the cabinet.

FM Arun Jaitley had also promised, “The government will consider hiking minimum pay after discussions with all stakeholders.”

FM Arun Jaitley had also promised, “The government will consider hiking minimum pay after discussions with all stakeholders.”

The sources came up with the remark while talking to us about the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)  letter, in which says minimum pay and it’s fitment factor doesn’t come under the purview of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC), while NAC has been formed in September, 2016 to look into the pay irregularities arising out of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Those who will hope over pay hike issue will gain nothing, there is no scope to change in minimum pay Rs 18,000, which was approved by the cabinet, they added.

Replying to a question, the sources said, “The demand of central government employees for hiking minimum pay now may not be considered by the NAC and the government now decided not to appoint High Level Committee to examine the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in respect of minimum pay.

They said adding “Though Finance Minister Arun had promised hiking minimum through the appoint of a High Level Committee, when the central government employees unions had threatened to carry out an indefinite strike but now government denied requests from central government employees unions for the hike in pay.”

“The cabinet will not clear any proposal on hike in minimum Pay including others pay related matter under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations because the cabinet had already passed it”, they also today told The Sen Times.

However, Finance minister Arun Jaitley had also promised, “The minimum pay of central government employees Rs 18,000 was made on recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. But government will consider hiking it after discussions with all stakeholders.”

The Unions have been demanding minimum pay Rs. 26,000 instead of Rs 18,000 with 3.68 fitment factor, while the cabinet approved fitment factor 2.57.

“The central government has finally decided not to give any facility to central government employees better than the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and the government is also stick with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on pay scales like allowances and advances. So the DoPT issued the letter dated October 30, stating that the demand for increase in minimum Pay and fitment formula do not appear to be treated as anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of NAC,” they added.

Earlier, media reports mentioning that the NAC is likely to go ahead for hike in minimum pay Rs 21,000 from Rs 18,000 from the existing 2.57 fitment factor to 3.00 and its report will be submitted in December, and after cabinet nod, the new pay hike will be implemented from April 2018.

It’s worthwhile to mention, after cabinet nod’s 7th Pay Commission recommendations, Jaitley had said central government employees salaries have to be respectable in comparison to public or private sector.

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