48 lakh central government employees are left in the lurch regarding reports of hike in minimum salary and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission after April 1. The 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice AK Mathur had suggested replacing old scales with a fitment factor of 2.57 times uniformly. In the suggestion, a hike in basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000, maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and fitment factor to 2.57 was put forward. However, central government employees have demanded beyond the recommendations suggested by 7th Pay Commission and have asked for hike in basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 26,000 against Rs 18,000 suggested by 7th CPC. This means central government employees have asked for a raise in fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68 times. While reports have been very positive so far that good news may be coming soon from various sources, however, an official stamp of authority on this is yet to be confirmed.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had assured that government would convene a high-level meeting in which they would look into the demands of employees to hike basic pay and fitment factor. In terms of hike in salary, reports suggested that the change in hike beyond what has been recommended in the 7th Pay Commission would affect lower-level employees of pay matrix level 1 to 5. The Finance Ministry on several occasions has indicated a rise in minimum pay of central government employees.
The ministry informed that they were in the process to affect minor changes in pay matrix level up to 5. On June 29, 2016, the Union Cabinet had approved the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission, while the Finance Ministry in January 2018, responded by saying that they were in the process to prepare a draft on the rise of basic pay of employees. However, no information has been received on the hike in minimum pay and fitment factor for the lower-level central government employees. For now, what is known is the minimum pay of central government employees above pay matrix level 5 will not be revised.