New Delhi: The Government has now bowed to media pressure and modified the definition of pay anomaly to hike the pay of central government employees beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
In response to the worst criticism since Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issued a letter on October 30, 2017, which states 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 National Anomaly Committee (NAC), the government was bound to modify the definition of pay anomaly.
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.
“Where the Official Side and the Staff Side are of the opinion that any recommendation is in contravention of the principle or the policy enunciated by the Seventh Central Pay Commission itself without the Commission assigning any reason,” said the Office Memorandum.
Earlier, The 7th pay panel recommended minimum pay Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum pay from Rs 2.5 lakh, with a fitment factor of 2.57 times of basic pay of 6th pay commission uniformly from January 1, 2016 for replacing the 6th pay commission pay scales, which was got cabinet nod on June 29, 2016.
The central government employees unions had claimed that the approved pay hike was the lowest in the last 70 years and the Pay Commission award was not discussed with them, hence they had threatened to go on an indefinite strike over proper pay hike on July 11, 2016 and they demanded for hike fitment factor 3.68 and minimum pay above the current Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000.
The unions had called off their indefinite strike following the pay hike promise of the Finance Minister Jaitley on June 30, 2016.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had reiterated his promise 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.”
Accordingly, the government formed NAC in September, 2016 to resolve pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.
DoPT letter October 30, 2017 was not fetched fuel for the central government employees to pay hike. So they have taken to social media and News media to share their frustration and confusion over it.
However, the Finance Ministry already said, the government is mulling to increase the pay of employees, who get salaries from pay matrix level 1 to 5, from April, ignoring the DoPT letter on October 30 to protect Jaitley’s promise in Parliament.
Now, the central government employees see hope in the DoPT Office Memorandum on March 14, with hike in pay problem beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations to be solved soon.