New Delhi, May 19: The wait for Central Government employees is expected to get over by next week, with the Empowered Committee of Secretaries is likely to review the recommendations given by Lavasa committee. The key meet, which was rumoured to be scheduled this week, is expected to be held in the forth coming week, confirmed a top union official.
“The meeting would most likely happen next week. The matter has already been delayed in an unprecedented manner. Central government employees are anguished with the slow pace in which the government is reacting,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra, the convenor of National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), while speaking to India.com.
The E-CoS meet would be chaired by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha. The participants of the meet include Secretaries of various departments of the government, including Home Affairs, Finance, Health & Family Welfare, Railways, Personnel & Training and Post. The participants are expected to review the recommendations made by allowance committee headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa.
Mishra, however, underlined that no date has been released for the E-CoS meeting. “No date has been fixed so far for the meeting,” he said. Earlier in the month union officials met PK Sinha and re-apprised him of their demands related to allowances and minimum wages. “The Cabinet Secretary told us our concerns would be addressed one by one, but it may take time. But we asked him ‘how long should the employees wait?’ They have been waiting for past 10 months. The unprecedented delay is distressing them,” Mishra had said.
The NJCA says it will organise protests against Centre if revised allowances are not implemented by May 31, along with arrears. However, Mishra ruled out the possibility of the strike. “Not necessarily that we will call a strike. But there are other methods to register our protest. We are waiting will May 31,” the veteran unionist added.