Modi government can bring some more good news for the central government employees in this new year. Modi government may announce an increase in the fitment factor of 7th pay commission central and state employees, which will increase the minimum salary of central employees.
Central government employees’ unions have been demanding for a long time to raise the minimum wage from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and increase the fitment factor from 2.57 times to 3.68 times. The fitment factor of central employees may be decided before the presentation of the Union Budget to be presented on February 1, 2022.
If sources are to be believed, the fitment factor of central employees may get approval from the Union Cabinet before the budget, so that it can be included in the budget expenditure. If the government makes an announcement regarding the increase in the fitment factor of the central employees, then their salary will increase. In fact, increasing the fitment factor will also increase the minimum wage.
At present, the employees are getting salary under the fitment factor on the basis of 2.57 percent, which if increased to 3.68 percent, will increase the minimum wage of the employees by Rs 8,000. This means that the minimum wage of central government employees will be increased from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000.
The Union Cabinet had approved the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission in June 2017 with 34 amendments. The new pay scale provided for the entry level basic pay was increased from Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000, while that for the highest level i.e. secretary was increased from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh. For Class 1 officers, the starting salary was Rs 56,100.