7th Pay Commission: Why allowance committee report being kept secret, employee union asks Cabinet Secretary
The committee on allowances related to 7th Pay Commission, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, had submitted its report in the final week of April. However, the report was not made public by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha. The National Council (staff side), representing the central government employees, expressed anguish against the government for not sharing the recommendations of Lavasa committee report with the employee union leaders.
The employees’ forum wrote a letter to the Cabinet Secretary, marking their dissent against the government for failing to discuss the Lavasa panel recommendations with the union. “It is a matter of deep regret that even after submission of the report by the said committee, the same has not been made available to the staff side (JCM), therefore we do not know what recommendations have been made,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra, the secretary of National Council.
While speaking to India.com, Mishra added, “The employees are anguished over unprecedented delay in implementation of allowance hike. They have been waiting for more than 10 months.”
The Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS), headed by P K Sinha, is scheduled to hold a meeting on June 1 to discuss the recommendations made by Lavasa panel in relation to allowances. Secretaries of various government departments would be present at the E-CoS meet.
After clearance from the high-level panel, the Lavasa committee report would be sent to the Union Cabinet for approval.
The allowances related to 7th Pay Commission were not hiked in July last year, when government implemented the 7CPC report submitted by Justice (retd) AK Mathur. The National Council had objected to the abolition of 53 out of 196 existing allowances, along with subsumption of 36 others.
Apart from the chalking out of allowances, the employees were also aggrieved over the reduction in incumbent HRA rates from 10, 20, 30 per cents to 8, 16 and 24 per cents respectively.
Apart from the hiked allowances, Mishra has also demanded the government to provide employees with arrears pending from January 1, 2016. “Why should employees suffer if Centre has failed to implement the 7th Pay Commission on its due date? Government of India is an ideal employer and therefore, it is imperative upon them to provide us with the arrears,” Mishra added.
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