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7th Pay Commission Latest News: As the wait of over 50 lakh Central Government employees and an equivalent number of retirees for a hike in fitment factor and minimum factor grows longer day-by-day, reports suggest that the Narendra Modi government may soon accept their demands of a hike of Rs 8,000 against the present minimum pay beyond recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. On the other hand, it is likely that the Prime Minister may announce a hike in fitment factor and minimum pay beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations in another 20 days i.e. on August 15, Independence Day. However, no official confirmation on the same has been made yet.
The Central and state government employees are demanding a hike of 3.68 times from 2.57 times in fitment factor and an increase of minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000 beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations from the Centre
Amid the rumours that are doing rounds about the hike in minimum pay and fitment factor as per the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC, another good news for the Central Government employees and pensioners is regarding an increase in the dearness allowance. As per reports, a hike in dearness allowance would benefit approximately 48.41 lakh central government employees and around 61 lakh pensioners. The news has provided a strong base to the hopes of lakhs of Central Government employees who are waiting for a fitment factor and minimum factor hike beyond recommendations of 7th Pay Panel.
Earlier this year, 50 lakh Central Government employees were left in a lurch when the Minister of Finance (MoS) P Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha that the Centre is not considering announcing a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
However, the governments of various states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir among others have started announcing the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC for their employees. Recently, the Maharashtra government said that it will hike the pay of its employees from Diwali this year. The decision will benefit 19 lakh government employees across the state.