7th Pay Commission: Surgical strikes may delay fatter allowances by a month
New Delhi: Fatter allowances under 7th Pay Commission award may be delayed by a month following surgical strikes carried out by the Army on terror launching pads across the LoC and the government is in a high state of alertness and preparedness to meet any eventuality.
“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 told The Sen Times on Friday on condition of anonymity.
He further said “the issue of increased defence activities after surgical strikes in Pakistan may compel the government to keep in abeyance the higher allowances as the position would take a month to get normalized. However the government wants to implement the higher allowances speedily…in a time bound manner.”
“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,” the official added.
He said that there is pressure on the part of the government to announce the higher allowance even this difficult situation.
India has conducted “surgical strikes” on September 28 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack which claimed the lives of 19 jawans.
The committee on allowances, which was set up in July this year on the direction of the cabinet, is looking into the provision of allowances other than dearness allowance under the 7th Pay Commission recommendations as the pay commission had recommended of abolishing 51 allowances and subsuming 37 others out of 196 allowances.
The basic salaries of government employees has been increased on the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016. Till a final decision on allowances is taken based on the recommendations of committee on allowances, all allowances are continue to be paid at 6th Pay Commission rates in 6th Pay Commission pay structure.
The committee on allowances headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa, already met with employees unions leaders on August 4 and September 1 respectively and the committee prepared its report, the central government employees’ unions leaders said.
“The committee on allowances is ready to submit its report even two months in advance, when the Finance minister calls up, the committee will submit its report,” the official assured.
The official also confirmed the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to approve the proposal of committee on allowances which will stick to the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations on allowances like glue and the fatter allowances will be implemented with prospective effect.
However, the central government employees unions demanded for implementation of the allowances with retrospective effect from January 2016.