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7th Pay Commission Latest News: Union Cabinet To Take Final Call on Pay Hike Soon, Announcement by January

New Delhi, September 29: The Union Cabinet is likely to take up the issue of pay hike over the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for a large number of central government employees soon after which the announcement will be made in January.

According to a report, a senior official of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said the proposal of the National Anomaly Committee will be endorsed by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and the Department of Expenditure. The government think tank has also started its process of consultations. The decision is likely to be announced by the end of January.

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The cabinet will also keep a proposal to increase the fitment factor for basic pay will be raised to 3.00 times, instead of the present 2.57 times as approved by the Cabinet on January 29.

Some reports suggest that the idea behind such a move is the dissatisfaction of the central government employees unions over the inadequate hike in the basic pay in accordance with the pay panel recommendations.

Earlier the government had proposed minimum basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month while the maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh, which has been paid with arrears, effective from January 1, 2016.

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The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) are demanding for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and asked raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times.

The government has also formed a National Anomaly Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in September 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.

The committee has also raised some issues in its comments on the draft notes in its earlier meetings, but they have now been resolved with consultations all its stakeholders, the official said.

The meeting of NAC will be held in October where the officials will take a call to hike the fitment factor to 3.00.

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If the fitment factor is increased from 2.57 to 3.00, then salary and pension in general for all central government employees will go up.

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