The most awaited seventh pay commission is going to enter the last phase of implementation soon. The Union Cabinet is expected to take up the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission on June 29. As per reports, Prime Minister has directed Finance Ministry to implement pay commission for government employees. As per sources, the fitment factor is likely to be raised to around 2.7, up from 2.57 as recommended by the 7th Pay Commission. The entry level salary is expected to rise to Rs 23,000, up from Rs 18,000 as reccomended by the AK Mathur panel. The Pay Commission will impact the basic pay and pension for 4.8 million central government employees and 5.2 million central pensioners, which will be effective from January 1, 2016. With the threat of strike by central government employees looming large, the Cabinet is expected to take a prompt decision on the recommendations resulting in notification. The salary hikes recommended are expected to apply from July.