New Delhi, May 2: The National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), which is the consolidated body of all the employees union is expected to hold a meeting with Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha today with the purpose of discussing the report on allowances which has been submitted. NJCA chief Shiv Gopal Mishra told India.com that arrears on allowances would most likely be provided to the central government employees. Notably, Mishra has been one of the primary negotiator related to the 7h Pay Commission.
The report on allowances which will be discussed today was submitted last week by Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa. Under his chairmanship, the panel was set up in July by the Centre to review the anomalies raised by the Unions. Over the period of last 10 months, 15 meetings have been held between the Lavasa Committee members, staff side representative of National Council, Joint Consultive Machinery and representatives of defence personnel.
Speaking to India.com, NJCA chief Mishra said on Monday,”Arrears would mostly be provided to the employees. I will meet Cabinet Secretary tomorrow in this regard. He is heading the Empowered Committee of Secretaries which is scrutinising the report submitted by the Lavasa committee.”
In case of at least 79 allowances, the Lavasa commiitee considered the demands of the employee representatives. However, the recommendations of this committee is not yet public and awaits to be soon. Mishra also said that so far no insight from the report is available. Mishra is also expected to study the recommendations of the report at the meeting today after meeting Empowered Committee of Secretaries.
The 7th Pay Commission has suggested scrapping of 52 out of the present 196 existing ones and merging of 36 smaller ones. It has also reduced the House Rent Allowance (HRA) to 8, 24 and 16 percent for the earlier percentage of 10, 20 and 30 percent respectively.
NJCA chief Mishra said “If Centre fails to implementthe pay commission on its scheduled dates, then why should employees bear the loss? The pay commission is implemented once in a decade, it is our right to avail the entire amount from January 2016,” Mishra said