7th Pay Commission: Is Modi government deliberately delaying higher allowances?

7th Pay Commission: Is Modi government deliberately delaying higher allowances?

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7th Pay Commission: The government’s attitude indicates it wants to money
to pay higher allowances without arrears from August 16.

New Delhi, Feb 9:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has been delaying the
implementation of higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission since July
last year. After the Cabinet approved the 7th Pay Commission, the
government started paying higher basic pay with arrears, effective from
January 1, 2016 to its employees. The 7th Pay Commission had recommended
abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances,
which triggered resentment among central government employees. The issue of
higher allowance has been waiting government’s approval since seven months.
Central government employees are also seeking arrears on allowances from
January 2016. 
First citing the cash shortage following demonetisation of old Rs 500 and
Rs 1000 currency notes and then Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Goa,
Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur, the Modi-government has been delaying the
implementation of higher allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. Even
through the ‘Committee on Allowances’, headed by Ashok Lavasa, is ready
with its report on higher allowances, but the government gave extension the
committee till February 22, 2017 to submit its report. 
The constant delay in the implementation of higher allowances under the 7th
Pay Commission raises question; is the Modi government deliberately
delaying the higher allowances? First, the government gave excuse of cash
shortage due to note ban in delaying higher allowances. Central government
employees were hoping that the government would make announcement
announcement on higher allowances as proposed by the 7th Pay Commission,
but the government put it on hold on the pretext of the model code of
conduct imposed in poll-bound states. 
The question is when the implementation of the higher allowance under the
7th Pay Commission would have a pan-India effect and not necessarily be
seen as luring voters of the five poll-bound states, why the
Modi-government is keeping the issue on hold. The Election Commission of
India, in its order, directed the government that the budget cannot have
promises that are aimed at the five poll-bound states. But the issue of
higher allowance is not just related to poll-bound states. 
The government’s attitude indicates it wants to money to pay higher
allowances without arrears from August 16. “The government want to keep in
abeyance to issue higher allowances notification as government wishes to
give the higher allowances without arrears from August,” sources in Finance
Ministry said last month. National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) convenor
Shiv Gopal Mishra said that a protest would be launched from April 1 if
arrears are not provided on hiked allowances. 
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