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7th Pay Commission: Dilemma over hiking pay matrix for lower-level employees

New Delhi: The the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced in Rajya Sabha on July 19, 2016, “The minimum pay 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 by the proposed ‘High Level Committee’ within four months.”

The proposal for hiking pay up to pay matrix level 5 may be approved by the FM Arun Jaitley as he had promised for its.
The proposal for hiking pay up to pay matrix level 5 may be approved by the FM Arun Jaitley as he had promised for its.

But no “High Level Committee” has been formed till date. Instead of formation of the “High Level Committee”, the task was appointed to the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) in September 2016.

In the meantime, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issued a letter on October 30, 2017 stating that the decision for increasing the minimum pay and fitment formula as per the recommendation of the 7th pay commission does not come under the anomalies and therefore the issue is not a concern of the NAC.

Hence, the increasing the minimum pay and fitment formula matters were sent back to the finance ministry from the NAC.

Talking with The Sen Times on Tuesday evening, a top finance ministry official said the NAC has sent back the proposals to the ministry through DoPT, “Now it’s up to the ministry.”

He also said the DoPT opined against the hiking minimum pay and fitment formula.

“The NAC was tasked with recommending new pay structures for central government employees especially lower-level employees up to the pay matrix level 5 after discussions with all stakeholders,” he said.

“The DoPT has not agreed with the NAC’s opinions while reports said that the NAC wanted to recommend minimum pay hike to Rs 21,000 from existing Rs 18,000 and fitment factor to 3.00 times from existing 2.57 times. So the DoPT sent back the proposal to the ministry of finance. It is now up to the finance ministry,” he added.

He also added, “The Dopt is being blamed indiscriminately by media and stakeholders for not hiking the pay and fitment formula for lower-level employees up to the pay matrix level 5.”

When our reporter asked the official regarding the time of implementation of hike in minimum pay, he, however, did not make any comment specifically.

Sources in DoPT said the proposal for hiking pay up to pay matrix level 5 for the central government employees may be approved by the Finance Minister as he had promised for its and then it will be sent to the cabinet for nod.

Earlier, the government approved 7th Pay Commission recommendations of minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 while the maximum pay from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly of basic pay of 6th pay commission.

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