7th Pay Commission: Govt is villain for employees, how delay caused frustration
The implementation of the 7th Pay Commission has brought some cheer and more tears to central government employees. For them the government is the villain which did not handle the financial situation properly as a result of which they failed to get arrears or higher pay.
There are several reasons why the central government employees would think that the government was the villain in all this. Repeated requests fell on deaf ears and the allegation is that this approach of the government created anguish and pain for central government employees.
Delay the main villain
There was a major delay in the implementation of the recommendations. Further a delay in the implementation of the higher arrears also caused lot of pain for the employees. The situation was not handled carefully and with tact, central government employee unions have alleged.
Frustration will continue
The fact that the allowances were given from July 2017 made the central government employees very frustrated. All along they had waited for good news and thought that allowance with arrears would be paid from July 2016 onwards. The demands are there for higher arrears, but the frustration is likely to continue as the government at present in no mood to oblige.
Why government delayed
The government had a clear intention of saving on finances. It did not go into the hardship of the employees and their lower pay scale. The delay in fact helped the government save Rs 40,000 crore. This is the main reason why the implementation of the allowances were delayed.
Resentment, frustration and disappointment
After the 7th Pay Commission recommendations were implemented, the employees realised that their frustration would continue. The government continued to cite different reasons for the delay. This led to almost a 19 month delay in the implementation. The different reasons for the delay included the committee report was not ready, state elections and also demonetisation.