New Delhi, May 14: The Confederation of Central Government employees who had called for a nationwide strike on May 23 to fulfil their demands on a hike on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission have called off their agitation following an assurance by the government. Last month the union leaders had said that they would go on strike seeking fulfilling of their demands including a hike in allowances under the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission and as per the pay panel.

After this latest update, no government offices will be closed on May 23 as the strike has been postponed and all offices will function normally. Trains across India would also run normally on May 23. In April the Confederation of Government Employees had called for a one-day strike on May 23, demanding hike on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission. The strike has been called off following the assurance by the government. The confederation has however said that it would ensure that the genuine demands of the employees would be met on time.

Also on the other side, the confederation had expressed regret over the fact the government has taken 18 months to take a decision on hike in allowances. Last year in June, when the Union Cabinet implemented the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission from January 1, 2016, in respect to pay hike and Dearness Allowance, the Committee on Allowances, headed by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa was constituted. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission Allowance news: Government extends deadline to dispose of pay-related anomalies to November 15th

The 7th Pay Commission panel led by retired Justice AK Mathur had recommended that out of a total of 196 allowances, 52 to be abolished altogether and 36 to be abolished as separate identities by subsuming them in another allowance. This triggered resentment among central government employees that governments complied with the formation of the Committee on Allowances.

The Ashok Lavasa committee which has recently submitted its report has been currently examined by the Department of Expenditure after which it will be examined by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECoS) set up to screen the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and to firm up the proposal for approval of the Cabinet.