7th Pay Commission: Govt saved 40,000 crore in delaying implementation
The government saved Rs 40,000 crore by delaying the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Sources say that the decision to delay was an intentional one and the government wanted to save a big chunk of money.
The delay caused a great deal of anguish and frustration to the central government employees. The employees say that the government played the role of a villain in delaying the implementation.
The reason behind the delay:
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.
No scope for higher pay:
The government has repeatedly been requested to increase the basic pay. While unions have been pressing for the demand, the government says that there is non further scope to increase the basic pay.
Employees are frustrated:
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.
19 month delay:
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.