Why different Fitment Factor used in 7th CPC Pay Matrix?

Fitment Factor used in 7th CPC Pay Matrix

7th Pay Commission has used the Fitment factors 2.57, 2.62, 2.67, 2.72, 2.78 and 2.81 in the Pay Matrix. Many wonder Why six various fitment factor used for different pay levels ? 7th Pay Commission has justified its decision to use different Fitment Formula in its report. This method was adopted to differentiate through enhancement in the pay between PB1, PB2, PB3 and PB4 pay Scales in Sixth CPC. Thus the commission thought, Rationalisation of pay as per the classification of Posts in 7th CPC could be achieved.

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Though many fitment factor are used to prescribe the Pay in 7th CPC Matrix, 2.57 is the Uniform Fitment factor used for revision of Sixth CPC Pay in to 7th CPC Pay.

People have opined that why Index of Rationalisation (IOR) used for particular pay band does not used as Fitment formula for revision of Pay. This is reasonable question. But 7th CPC felt that since the required enhancement has been arrived in the particular levels in Pay matrix, using different fitment factor for different group of pay Scale will lead to disparity. Hence Uniform Fitment factor was recommended for calculation of revision of Pay in 7th CPC

What is the Justification of different Fitment Factor used in 7th CPC Pay Matrix ?

The justification of pay commission for different Fitment Factor used in 7th CPC Pay Matrix is given below.

“Since the existing pay bands cover specific groups of employees such as PB-1 for Group `C’ employees, PB-2 for Group `B’ employees and PB-3 onwards for Group `A’ employees, any promotion from one pay band to another is akin to movement from one group to the other.

These are significant jumps in the career hierarchy in the Government of India. Rationalisation has been done to ensure that the quantum of jump, in financial terms, between these pay bands is reasonable. This has been achieved by applying ‘index of rationalisation’ from PB-2 onwards on the premise that with enhancement of levels from Pay Band 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and onwards, the role, responsibility and accountability increases at each step in the hierarchy.

Index of Rationalisation for Pay matrix

The proposed pay structure reflects the same principle. Hence, the existing entry pay at each level corresponding to successive grades pay in each pay band, from PB-2 onwards, has been enhanced by an ‘index of rationalisation’ as shown below in Table..

Index of Rationalisation in 7th CPC Pay matrix
Why different Fitment Factor used in 7th CPC Pay Matrix?

The above table Shows how the IOR used for calculation to arrive the Pay in 7th CPC pay Matrix from Sixth CPC Pay Scales.

7th CPC Pay Matrix for Central Government Employees

The following table is the final updated 7th CPC Pay Matrix for central government employees which was issued on 16th May 2017.

Revised 7th CPC Pay Matrix dated 16th May 2017
Why different Fitment Factor used in 7th CPC Pay Matrix?

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