TN 7th Pay Commission: Horror for employees as they are set to lose Rs 1 lakh
The announcement of the 7th Pay Commission for Tamil Nadu government employees did bring some cheer, but the happiness was short lived.
There is a lot of resentment and disgruntlement over the recommendations being cleared and one major anomaly is that the Cabinet approved the same from October 1 2027.
TN govt employees frustrated
There were several demands that the employees raised. However the government did not go that extra mile while implementing the pay panel's recommendations. The biggest objection that the employees have been raising is that the government did not implement it retrospectively.
21 months arrears lost
The biggest problem for the TN government employees is that they stand to now lose 21 months of arrears. They were hoping that it would be implemented from January 2016. However the implementation date is October 1 2017 which means the employees will all lose 21 months of arrears.
TN employees to lose Rs 1 lakh
The secondary grade teachers were to be granted a minimum salary of Rs 9300 and a maximum of Rs 34,800, with a grade pay of Rs 4200. But the government granted a minimum of only Rs 5200 and a maximum of only Rs 20,000 with a grade pay of Rs 2400. The case is similar with that of office assistants, block development officers and tahsildars as well. This would mean that these anomalies would lead to loses between Rs 48,000 and Rs 1 lakh a year.
Will Stalin take up 7th Pay Commission cause
Opposition leader M K Stalin has been protesting the manner in which the 7th Pay Commission for TN employees was implemented. He said that the employees were denied 21 months of arrears. He also said that the employees were not getting the minimum salaries recommended by the Central Government. There are also no proper hikes and perks such as HRA and medical allowances, he also said. For the TN employees the hope now lies in the High Court. The employees would inform the court about their problems and in case there is no solution, then there would be a state wide protest.