7th CPC: Central govt employees want not just steep pay hike; want large arrears too!
Archana Khatri Das/Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The central government employees have called for not just close to 45 percent pay hike, they would like to go laughing to the bank with large arrears too.
As per the employees' unions, the arrears of six months, if the 7th CPC 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.
They contend that "government servants are not responsible for the delay" in the 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 CPC 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.