Wait for the Allowances to be Announced – Till Completion of Polls in five States Assemblies
Reliable sources indicate that the central government will announce higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission for the central government employees only after the completion of five states assemblies poll process, as the model code of conduct has come into effect from Wednesday.
The 7th pay commission has already submitted its report, the Committee on Allowances set up by the government is also ready with its reports, however the government is not willing to accept it now, its buying more time. The Government may delay it till mid March or March end.
Sources, however confirmed, the central government had no plan to give allowances in arrears from August for the central government employees.
The ‘Committee on Allowances’ has finalized the report on the allowances in October, and were waiting for a invite from the ministry to submit its report. however the government gave extension to the committee till February 22, 2017 to submit its report for getting normalized on the cash crunch position.
Its very clear that although the report was, and is ready, government bought some time to delay the implementation hiding behind demonetisation.
In the mean time, the Election Commission on Wednesday announced elections to state assemblies in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur. The elections will be held between February 4 and March 8, the results of which — to be announced on March 11.
Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi also announced on Wednesday that the model code of conduct came into force with immediate effect.
The model code of conduct eased and helped the central government to further delay the acceptance and implementation of the recommendations of the ‘Committee on Allowances’.
Reliable sources said, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will announce the higher allowances in mid-March, or may be, by the end of March, nothing can be expected before that.
Source – www.gconnect.in