Panaji, October 25: A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited Goa and gave a fresh energy to his party workers, the leaders of All India Congress Committee (AICC) demanded to implement the recommendations made by 7th Pay Commission panel almost three months ago. The Congress leaders have demanded to implement 7th Pay Commission (7CPC) recommendations before Diwali, which is India’s biggest festival and is celebrated across the country in large numbers. On Monday, Luizinho Faleiro, leader of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) held a meeting with Goa Government Employees Association and later demanded that the Narendra Modi government must roll out the 7th Pay Commission before Diwali.Also Read - New COVID-19 Variant 'Serious Threat', Bad Vaccination Figures Cannot Be Hidden: Rahul Gandhi
“Although in last eight years, the inflation has skyrocketed and an increase of 14 per cent of salary is unacceptable, which is also not being implemented. Due to this, there is a widespread resentment across India,” Faleiro said while addressing a central government employees association in Goa. Also Read - Major Setback to Congress in Meghalaya: Former CM Mukul Sangma, 11 Other MLAs Join TMC
The state Congress leaders also criticised the state government’s announcement that Group D employees would be assimilated into the Group C category. Faleiro further said that in 2008 the 6th Pay Commission (6CPC) recommended a hike to the pay scale of Group D employees to that of Group C category. The Congress leader further argued that Laxmikant Parsekar’s announcement was just an excuse to delay the rollout of the 7th Pay Commission. Also Read - SKM to Observe 'Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Diwas' on Nov 24
The Congress leaders said that in last few months he personally met government associations and found them to be disappointed and frustrated because the government is still dilly-dallying over the implementation.
The Congress leaders in Goa had also highlighted the woes of the government employees which comes a month after AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh advised the Narendra Modi government to listen to their employees. Singh in a statement said, “We have to listen to what government employees are saying”. Also Read – 7th Pay Commission latest news: Central government employees’ union unhappy over non-formation of High Level Committee, call for a Parliament march on December 15
In past, many Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi had warned the Narendra Modi government about the growing dissent among central government employees. “There is no time for luxuries of talking behind the back. Rahul Gandhi has stated that leaders have to perform or perish,” Faleiro was quoted by Times of India.
Meanwhile on Tuesday the National Joint Council Action (NJCA), which represent central government employees in large number had called a Parliament march on December 15 and had requested central government employees to join the protest. The government had promised NJCA to set up a High Level Committee to look into their demands of increasing minimum wage to Rs 26,000. If the demands of central government employees are not fulfilled it may cause a huge setback to Narendra Modi government, some retired central government employees said.