7th Pay Commission: Modi govt gives nod to hike minimum salary

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Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: In a good news for the Central government employees and pensioners, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government has reportedly given green signal to the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) for raising the minimum pay and fitment factor.

After withstanding some early pressure following the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, the government has taken the decision to wipe out the brewing resentment among the employees.

“The news has, indeed, come as a relief for 50 lakhs employees and pensioners who have been eagerly waiting for the increase in minimum salary. However, it is to see, whether the government will pay heed to the demands of the employee unions or not,” said a government employee.

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“The government already realized and know that it has to bring employees up tomorrow. So, it has to look at a pay hike to bring every employee up to par with raising fitment factor better than approved by the Cabinet on June 29,” India.com quoted a top official of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions as saying.

What Will Be The Increase?

The minimum pay is likely to be increased from the existing Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000.

The government employees have been demanding an increase in the minimum pay to Rs 26,000 claiming that anything less than that will have no impact on their financial position and they will continue to suffer.

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However, the government will reportedly increase it to Rs 21,000 by raising the fitment factor to 3 times from the current 2.57 times.

Note: Of all being said, still, there is no clarity of what the final amount would be.

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Other Important Details

The new hike is expected to come into effect from January 2018 following which the salary fitment calculations will be changed.

Both the working employees and the pensioners will get benefited. However, the government may not consider giving arrears on the hike.

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