7th Pay Commission: Revised allowances report to be delayed till November due to India-Pakistan bilateral tensions
The special committee report on fatter allowances recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is likely to be delayed by a month because of ongoing tension between India and Pakistan after Indian Army conducted surgical strikes along Line of Control (LoC) in PoK.
New Delhi, Oct 3: The special committee report on fatter allowances recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is likely to be delayed by a month because of ongoing tension between India and Pakistan after Indian Army conducted surgical strikes along Line of Control (LoC) in PoK. Since the government is busy in making defence activities after surgical strike which escalated tension between India and Pakistan, the implementation of the revised allowance recommended by the 7th Pay Commission is set to be delayed till November. According to sources, the government has decided to delay the fatter allowances, under 7th Pay Commission, in the wake of ongoing tussle between two hostile neighbours.
Earlier there was report that the committee on fatter allowances recommended by the 7th Pay Commission failed to submit its report as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was too busy due to political developments post attack on Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri and BJP’s national executive meet. And now the tension on Line of Control (LoC) post surgical strike. “The process of fatter allowances, which is likely to be implemented within a month, which may be delayed by a month on account of increasing defence activities after surgical strikes,” A Finance Ministry top official was quoted as saying by the Sen Times.
According to Finance Ministry officials, the government, however, wants to implement the higher allowances, under 7th Pay Commission recommendations, but the surgical strike and tension along LoC may compelled it to delay the process by a month. “Fearing any eventual terrorism incident in the country and in view of the current scenario and respecting public sentiments, the government has decided to delay the announce of higher allowances by a month,” an official said.
The government while issuing the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission had announced to set up a special committee to examine the recommendations on allowances because the allowances had been a major bone of contention amongst majority of the central government employees. The 7th pay commission had recommended abolition of 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances. The committee on allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa is ready with its report, but the Finance Minister hasn’t been getting enough time to discuss the matter.
Tension escalated between India and Pakistan following the recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) to destroy terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The government issued the notification for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in July. The 7th Pay Commission notification confirmed that central government employees will get 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay at junior levels, which is the lowest in 70 years. The Cabinet also approved the increase in minimum pay Rs 18,000 from existing Rs 7,000.