Published On: Fri, Dec 1st, 2017

7th Pay Commission: Finmin officials may discuss hike in pay

New Delhi: The Finance Ministry’s top officials are likely to discuss the hike in pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations soon to end the long wait of nearly 1 crore central government employees and pensioners.

FM Arun Jaitley had said in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016, “the government will consider hiking  minimum pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendation.”

FM Arun Jaitley had said in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016, “the government will consider hiking minimum pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.”

The government had given nod minimum pay Rs 18,000 per month on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from Rs 7,000 under 6th pay commission recommendation, while the maximum pay 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 implemented to apply uniformly for all employees.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised to form a high level committee to look into the increasing Pay and fitment formula in a meeting with the central government employees’ unions leaders on June 30, 2016, the day after the cabinet approval of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Jaitley’s promise had prevented several central government employees’ unions to go indefinite strike over the protest of 7th Pay Commission pay hike from July 11, 2016.

The high level committee has not yet been constituted. While Jaitley had said in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016, “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, once the proposal in this regard will be submitted to government by the proposed high level committee.”

Jaitley constituted National Anomaly Committee (NAC) instead of high level committee in September, 2016 to look into the pay irregularities arising out of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

Accordingly, NAC was looking after the hike in pay and fitment factor. The NAC has arrived at a consensus on minimum Pay and fitment formula. In the meantime the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)  letter dated October 30 states that the hike in minimum Pay and fitment formula do not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC.

So, the central government employees’ unions leaders has now threatened that if the government doesn’t hike the pay for central government employees, then the central government employees’ unions will proceed on an indefinite strike.

The Finance Ministry’s top officials are likely to discuss a proposal for hiking pay and fitment formula under government direction and they are scheduled to meet soon, the ministry sources told The Sen Times.

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