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7th Pay Commission – Employees Demand not just Pay Hike – The employees fear that government may not pay arrears on HRA and Transport Allowance.
As we know central govt employees are not happy with the recommendations of 7th pay commission, the central government employees’ unions have called for not just close to 45 percent pay hike, they would also want the arrears too be paid in full from January 1.
As per the employees’ unions, the arrears of six months, if the 7th pay commission is implemented from Jan 1 as proposed, shall not amount to much if government does not release the arrears for the HRA and Transport allowances.
The 7th pay commission was set up under the philosophy of ‘pay commission without arrears’. The employees fear that government may not pay arrears on HRA and Transport Allowance.
The Union contend that “government servants are not responsible for the delay” in the 7th pay commission’s implementation, and government must pay the arrears on all accounts from the date of implementation.
Notably, the recommendations of 6th Pay Commission were implemented and revised salaries given only with effect from January 1, 2006. But the allowances were given only from September 1, 2008.
As per the 7th pay commission recommendations, the Central Government Employees minimum salary will rise to around Rs 18,000 from around Rs 7000, which the employees feel is too meager considering the aspect of price rise and modern day expenditures.