New Delhi, April 9: Central Government employees must be wondering why Centre is taking so much time to implement Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.
It's already four months since Pay Commission had submitted its report to Finance Ministry to give final touch to it.
Though, Modi Government recently dropped enough hint that it will implement increment process soon, but no particular time frame was given to the Central staff.
Here are the possible reasons why Government is taking time to implement the hike.
Government needs to arrange fund
As Rs 1.02 lakh crore is needed to implement whole increment process, Centre needs to have proper strategy for the same.
At a time when OROP's expenditures is already taking toll on the exchequer, pay Commission will put extra burden on the government budget.
Grievances of various stakeholders
Government needs to address grievances of various stakeholders including government staff and Army men before taking final call on the same.
While Babus are unhappy with minimum basic pay, Defence personnels say that they shouln't be treated at par with their civilian counterparts in terms of salary and allowances.
As model code of conduct is in place, Government doesn't want to take risk by announcing implementation date. Centre doesn't want to displease voters at a time when poll process is going on in many crucial states. It is being believed that notification for the 'increment proposal' will be issued once State election will be over.
Pay Commission will be implemented after cabinet will give it a final approval. Currently, the Implementation cell of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries is trying to address various issues with it. After giving final touch to the report, Empowered Committee will send recommendations to PMO for its nod. Once PMO will through the report, it will be placed before the Cabinet.