7th Pay Commission: Employees in dilemma over pay hike

New Delhi:: The government amended the pay anomaly definition and the Department of Personnel and Training has issued an Office Memorandum on March 14, allowing the NAC to take any decision of pay anomaly which was not taken by the 7th Pay Commission.

Minister of State for Finance Pon Radhakrishnan said in the Rajya Sabha that government was not now considering hike in pay and fitment factor.

Government modified this definition for the pay hike of central government employees beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.

While Minister of State for Finance, Pon Radhakrishnan did a U-turn and  said in Rajya Sabha that the government was not considering a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, when he answering a query of Samajwadi Party MP Neeraj Shekhar, so the employees are in a dilemma as they are not aware of the factual position as to whether government hikes pay in future.

Shekhar asked, “whether Government is actively contemplating to increase minimum pay from Rs 18,000/- to Rs 21,000/- and fitment factor from 2.57 to 3, in view of resentment among Central Government employees over historically lowest increase in pay by 7th Pay Commission.”

In a written response, Radhakrishnan said no such changes are being taken into consideration.

“The minimum pay of Rs 18,000 per month and the fitment factor of 2.57 are based upon the specific recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration,” Radhakrishnan said.

Many employees apprehend that the government will not hike pay than prescribed under the the 7th Pay Commission. Various associations of employees have decided to approach the government through strike in the coming days.

The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a hike of 14.27 percent in the basic pay, with a fitment factor of 2.57 times of basic pay of 6th pay commission for replacing the 6th pay commission pay scales, which was got cabinet nod on June 29, 2016.

However, the central government employees unions demanded for hike fitment factor 3.68 and minimum pay above the current Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000.

Employees must now take note of the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promise, which he had made in July, 2016 in Rajya Sabha for pay hike of the central government employees beyond the suggestion of the 7th Pay Commission.

Accordingly, the government formed National Anomaly Committee (NAC) in September, 2016 to resolve pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), letter in October 2017 states that 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.

The employees took to social media and News media to share their frustration and confusion over DoPT letter October, 2017. So government amended the pay anomaly definition through the DoPT letter March, 14.

The central government employees are now hoping for more pay hike in support of the DoPT letter March, 14.