All government offices will be open on May 23, as government has assured employees that allowances will be disbursed soon.

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The Narendra Modi government has extended the time limit for the receipt and disposal of pay-related anomalies of government employees, by three months. The deadline for the same has been changed from August 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said on Thursday. Meanwhile, central government employees have called off their May 23 strike that was scheduled in protest of ‘government inaction’ on their demands, including hike in allowance as per the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.

According to a report in Sen Times, the The Confederation of central government employees has temporarily postponed its strike, following assurance from the government to implement allowance hikes shortly. Therefore, all government offices will remain open during working hours on May 23 and all trains will also be running, said the report. The Sen Times report quoted a confederation leader as saying, “The strike has been put on hold for now following the assurance of government. However, the confederation will make sure that the genuine demands of the employees are met with.”

The strike call had been issued following delays in implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. The Union Cabinet has accepted most of the recommendations of the Commission with regards to basic pay and dearness allowance arrears to be paid effective from January 1, 2016. The DoPT had instructed all central government departments to set up committees to look into pay-related anomalies and they were to be formed at two levels- national and departmental- and they have been mandated to receive anomalies.

As for the reason of the strike, the issue of allowances has been a bone of contention between the government and its employees ever since the Seventh Pay Commission recommended the abolishing of 52 out of 196 of them and subsuming another 36 in other allowances. This had triggered resentment amongst central government employees. The Committee on Allowances had submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on April 27 this year and it is being examined by the Department of Expenditure. The report is to be placed before the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (E-CoS), before the approval of the Cabinet.

Source:- One India