7th Pay Commission: Govt is ‘villain’ for Central employees
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led BJP government had deliberately delayed the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission and the higher arrears for vested interests, alleged the Central government employees.
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The Centre had the Commission report with it lying idle for over a year. Later, the cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, but it was approved only on June 28 enabling employees to get the revised pay from July, 2017 without arrears.
The government had been the ‘villain’ in the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. It not only delayed the implementation but also failed to handle the employees’ financial situation, The Sen Times quoted a top most central employees’ union leader as saying.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had made false promises. The employees had been of views that allowance with arrears would be paid by the government from July 2016 onwards but the allowances were only given from July 2017, the leader added.
The government had said cash crunch, state elections and demonetisation forced it to delay to announce the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, but the actual reason is different. The delaying tactics of the government was only to save the money to be paid as higher allowances from August 16.
The delay in implementation of the allowances was done for mere financial gains that enabled the Modi government to save around Rs 40,000 crore, the Central employees alleged.
It is worth mentioning that the government’s decision disappointed the employess and resulted in resentment over the announcement of non payment of arrears on allowances.
Besides, the employees feel that the 7th Pay Commission recommendations’ impact has been much lesser as against what they had got from the 6th Pay Commission; rather they believe the revisions under the 7th Pay has grossly failed as it has no effect on their finances.