The official asked the question in a comment that he wrote on a note sent to him by the central government employees through National Joint Council of Action (NJAC).
In its note, the NJAC requested the ministry to hike the minimum pay in the central government employees’ pay structure.
The 7th Pay Commission recommended a minimum basic pay for Central government employees of Rs 18,000 with a maximum pay of Rs 2.50 lakh per month.
However, the NJAC is demanding for hike in minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000, which is now under consideration by the National Anomaly Committee.
“The government used to think that minimum pay under the 7th Pay Commission recommendation did not change central government employees’ pay structure. Please discuss,” the ministry wrote on the NJAC note and forwarded to the National Anomaly Committee.
The note of NJAC, informed the ministry that they their status in the new pay scale was lower than what it was in the previous scale. The note also said that the 7th Pay Commission made the pay gap of lower paid employees and top bureaucrats higher about to 1:14 ratio from 1:12 in the previous pay structure.
In last year, when the new pay scale was given nod by the cabinet, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had assured unions leaders of central government employees in the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house that the pay gap should be minimized.
Finance Ministry’s comment on the note came as a shock to many central government employees, particularly because it comes after above one year of the new pay structure had been implemented.
“We are shocked to know that our ministry does not show interest in the hike in minimum pay,” a finance ministry official said seeking anonymity.
“If FM also does not show interest in it, then I wonder how, in the first place, he supported to hike in minimum pay,” he said.
The notification for the new pay scale was issued on July 25, 2016 and it was implemented for 5.2 million central government employees with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.