New Delhi, June 24: Ahead of the GST rollout on the midnight on June 30, the Union Cabinet hold a crucial meet on June 28, in which it may take up the matter related to higher allowances, including HRA, under the 7th Pay Commission (7CPC). However, the government sources maintained that it doesn’t want to further delay the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations on higher allowances, but currently their priority is GST rollout. The central government employees have been waiting for the higher allowances as pre the 7th Pay Commission since July last year.
At present, the Finance Ministry officials are busy in preparation for GST rollout, which will take place on the midnight of June 30. Ahead of the GST rollout, the Cabinet will meet on June 28. According to a report of OneIndia, the Cabinet likely to give preference to GST, India’s biggest tax reform, over matters related to the 7th Pay Commission. The agenda of the Cabinet meet is not fixed and the government may postpone the higher allowances, under the 7th Pay Commission, further.
Sources in the Finance Ministry, however, maintained that the government is taking all efforts to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission about higher allowances and HRA. The IB reports has warned that the unrest is growing among the central government employees. With the GST rollout round the corner, the centre cannot afford a mass strike by the central government employees.
Shiv Gopal Mishra, chief of the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA), leading the 7th Pay Commission negotiations with the government, was hopeful that the Cabinet will clear the proposals related to higher allowances, under the 7th Pay Commission, by the end of this month. There were reports that the central government employees are likely to get higher allowances as per the 7th Pay Commission from July.
The 7th Pay Commission had recommended a 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay for Central government employees, which is the lowest in 70 years, and suggested the abolition of 52 out of the 196 existing allowances, apart from subsuming 36 smaller allowances.