7th Pay Commission: April ‘shocker’ for govt employees; no further hike

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Central government employees have been expecting a further hike in the minimum pay next month after several news related to a possible increase in pay were published in the media.

However, it seems the expectations have been crushed again as reports are there that the Centre is not going to increase the minimum pay of the employees anytime soon.

According to Financial Express, as per an official reply from the Central government dated March 6, Minister of State for Finance P. Radhakrishnan said that the government is not considering any hike in minimum pay for the employees beyond the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

Replying to a question put forward by Neeraj Shekhar at Rajya Sabha regarding the increase in minimum pay and fitment factor, Radhakrishnan said that no change is being considered by the Modi government at the moment.

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Neeraj Shekhar Asked:

Will the Finance Minister be pleased to state:

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 of Central Government employees over historically lowest increase in pay by 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC);

if so, the details thereof and the date from which it would be implemented; and

if not, the reasons for the callous attitude of Government towards Government Employees?

P Radhakrishnan Replied:

(a),(b),&(c): The minimum pay of Rs 18,000/- p.m. and the fitment factor of 2.57 are based on the specific recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in the light of the relevant factors taken into account by it. Therefore, no change therein is at present under consideration.

The government employees had been demanding a hike the minimum pay from the present Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000- an increase in the fitment factor 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.

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Meanwhile, the Modi government had earlier promised to hike the pay only after the DA crosses 50 per cent with an aim to keep a balance between the salary of the employee and the market price.