The recommendation of 7th Pay Commission for incrementing the minimum wages and Fitment Factor has been on the table for past 18 months and the decision has not yet been taken. According to the latest updates, the government has given the responsibility of taking a final decision on the matter to the high-level committee. As per the media reports, the high-level committee has been appointed the task of constructing the new pay structure for the central government employees and pensioners. The main concern with this among the 50 Lakh desperate employees is that what this high-level committee will decide on.
Disappointments In Regards to Recommendations of 7th Pay Commission
After the formation of the clearance of the 7th pay recommendations, the Finance Minister promised the formation of a high-level committee for the restructuring the salary structure of the central government employees. Instead of formation of the high-level committee, the task was appointed to the NAC in September 2016.
NAC that is National Anomaly Committee has been relied on by the central government employees for the minimum pay hike under 7th Pay commission but has failed to provide the relief to the Central Government Employees. The reports of the DoPT to the secretary of staff side has stated that the decision of increasing the basic pay as per the recommendation of the seventh pay commission does not come under the anomalies and therefore the issue is not a concern of the NAC.
Finally after dragging the issue of minimum pay hike under 7th Pay commission for so long, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has decided to form the high-level committee constituting the secretaries of various departments including Home Affairs, Department of expenditure, health, posts, pension, personnel & Training, Science, and technology chairman of the Railway Board. This high-level committee will be responsible for presenting the final report on the recommendation of increasing the basic pay under the 7th Pay Commission in 6 months.
Demands of Central Government Employees under 7th Pay Commission
As per the recommendations put forth by the 7th Pay commission, the salary of central government employees is to increase from Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 21,000 and Fitment Ratio is to be revised from 2.67 to 3.00. The recommended number varies as per the expectation of the 1 Crore Central Government employees and pensioners. As per the recommendation and expectation of the employees, the salary should be revised to Rs. 26,000 not Rs. 21,000 and fitment ratio should be increased to 3.68.
The matter is still pending and the employees are still waiting for the decision. It seems like they will have to wait another 6 months for the final decision of minimum pay hike under 7th Pay commission.