# 7th Pay Commission: There may be an increase in the basic pay of government employees, click to read details!

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There is good news for central government employees. They may soon get a salary increase in addition to a dearness allowance. This time the reason for the increment will be the fitment factor. According to sources, the government may soon give the approval to increase the fitment factor.

Dearness Allowance pending for the last two years will also be given soon. After this hike, the DA will be more than 34 percent. This time, after increasing the dearness allowance, the possibility of increasing the minimum wage has also increased. Employees' unions are also continuously demanding this.

The unions have demanded that the fitment factor be increased from 2.57 times to 3.68 times. If this happens, the minimum wage will increase from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000. Earlier, in 2017 the government had increased the salary at the entry-level. Then the government increased the basic salary from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000.

What is the fitment factor?

Fitment factor is a figure used by the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) with which Basic Pay in the 6th Central Pay Commission regime (Pay in Pay Band + Grade Pay) to fix Basic Pay in Revised Pay Structure (7th CPC) is multiplied. The fitment factor as prepared by the 7th Central Pay Commission is 2.57.

By how much does the salary increase by the fitment factor

If the fitment factor is increased, then the salary of the employees can increase significantly. Suppose the government increases the fitment factor to 3.68 times the demand, then the minimum wage of the employees will be Rs 26,000.

Adding all the allowances on the basic pay of Rs 18,000, the salary will be Rs 46,260 as per the 2.57 fitment factor (Rs 18,000*2.57 = Rs 46260). If the fitment factor is 3.68, then your salary will increase to Rs 95,680 (26,000 * 3.68 = Rs 95,680).

There is also talk of giving- a one-time dearness allowance, which has been closed for almost two years due to the covid-19 epidemic. The government is contemplating giving DA up to Rs 2 lakh simultaneously. The Finance Ministry had stopped the DA hike in May 2020 till June 30, 2021, due to the pandemic.

There has been a long-standing demand from the employees to give pending DA from January 2020 to June 2021. There was a jump in the AICPI index in March 2022, after which it is certain that the government can increase the dearness allowance (DA) by 5%. If approved, the DA of the employees will increase from 34 percent to 39 percent.