Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: After months of assumptions and presumptions, it seems something good is going to happen for the lakhs of Central government employees as the Centre has finally given its nod to increase the minimum pay of the employees.
The National Anomaly Committee (NAC) and the Department of Expenditure will now take a final call on the matter.
NAC has got the green signal from the Narendra Modi-led Central government to increase the basic pay and the fitment factor. The minimum pay is expected to be increased to Rs 21,000 from the existing Rs 18,000, reported Jansatta.
“It has been decided to set up the anomaly committee of the National Council comprising representatives of the official side and the staff side to settle any anomaly arising out of the implementation of the recommendations of the Pay Commission,” an order issued by the DoPT said.
The Central government employees have been eagerly waiting for an increase in their minimum pay as they are not happy with the increase in the hike recommended under the 7th Pay Commission. They also believe that their salary will be increased as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had promised to increase the pay.
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The Central government employee unions’ demand has always been Rs 26,000 as the minimum pay against the recommended Rs 18,000. However, if sources are to be believed, the government is mulling to increase the minimum pay to only Rs 21,000.
“Much has already been said about the Seventh Pay Commission. We are waiting for the final decision. We can’t take a call now on assumptions and rumors in media. Once the NAC come up with its decision, we will decide our future course of action,” said a union’s member.
“Whatever the increase may be, but if the government give arrears on the hike … it will be welcomed with open arms. Arrears can solve much of our problems,” said a Central government employee.