Around 50 lakh central government employees will be keeping an eye on the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who will table the Budget 2018 on February 1 in hope to get some relief over the minimum pay hike issue.
Experts also believe that there could be some announcement related to a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The government may constitute a high-level committee to fix new pay structure beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission.
In 2016, a day after the Cabinet cleared the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in June, Arun Jaitley had promised to appoint a high-level committee to look into the issue of hike in minimum pay and fitment factor. However, the committee has not been formed yet, according to India.com
But the verdict on minimum pay hike issue of the employees remain uncertain as a letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to Secretary of Staff Side Shiv Gopal Mishra stated that the mentioned demand is beyond the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission does not appear to be treated as an anomaly, therefore, these do not come under the purview of the NAC.
The Seventh Pay Commission had earlier recommended Rs 18,000 as the basic salary but the employees are demanding it to raise further to Rs 26,000.