The Central government employees’ unions have deferred their protest against recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The Central government employees’ unions called for March to Parliament on December 15, demanding hike in minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission and was approved by the Cabinet. The unions had also demanded formation of High Level Committee for fitment factor, higher allowances and other demands. However they have now decided to postpone their protest after government assured to consider their demands.
The Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal, while answering to a question regarding 7th Pay Commission, said that the report of the ‘Committee on Allowances’ is almost ready and the panel has held talks with various departments and representatives of central government employees unions including National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), who have demanded hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 against the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Meghwal said that the ‘Committee on Allowances’ will soon submit its report and assured all ‘possible acts’ will be exerted on demands related to the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
Considering the difficulties faced by the government post demonetisation and after their assurance, the Central government employees’ unions have decided to call of their December 15 march to Parliament. “As government is facing severe attack in the wake of difficulties thrown up by demonetisation and the government also assured the unions that ‘all possible’ acts on our demands will be exerted to secure central government employees’ long term and viable future, the central government employees’ unions has now decided to defer its Parliament March on December 15,” a top central government employees’ union leader was quoted as saying by The Sen Times.
Earlier the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had assured central government employees’ unions that the minimum pay and other demands were to be referred to High Level Committee to rectify but no such type of committee has been set up till date. There have been reports that the ‘Committee on Allowances’ will stick to the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and won’t suggest any hike in fatter allowances.
The government announced to implement 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations for central government employees on July 29. According to the 7th Pay Commission notification, central government employees will get 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, which is the lowest in 70 years. The 7th pay commission recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances. The allowances had been a major bone of contention amongst majority of the central government employees. The employees’ unions also want to hike the minimum pay to Rs 26,000 from Rs 18,000 which was recommended by the 7th Pay Commission.