Government’s decision on 13.01.16 to set up a panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission is not sufficient. The Government should come forward to constitute a ‘GoM’ as was done in some other occasions including 5th CPC time to discuss the issues in a meaningful way.
The Cabinet has approved the setting up of Empowered Committee of Secretaries to process the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission. The Empowered Committee of Secretaries will function as a Screening Committee to process the recommendations with regard to all relevant factors of the Commission in an expeditious detailed and holistic fashion, an official statement said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said earlier that he was not worried about fiscal deficit and government would be able to meet its target despite additional outgo on account of higher pay.
When the whole nation has started to mobilise the entirety of CG Employees behind the demands of modifications to be made in the VII CPC recommendations, the Honourable Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has stated that he is prepared to discuss for improving the recommendations of 7th CPC!
This utterance from the Finance Minister is welcome as that is what the CG Movement too has demanded. The AIDTOA, CCGGOO & NJCA have demanded discussion with the Government and for that purpose the Government shall come forward to constitute a ‘GoM’ (Group of Ministers) as was done in some other occasions including 5th CPC time. The GoM can take necessary decisions to modify the recommendations. The Finance Minister, who has spoken in favour of discussion, shall go ahead and ensure that Central Government constitutes a Group of Ministers arrangement to discuss the issues in a meaningful way. If the Government comes forward with this formation then we can understand that the Union Finance Minister means what he has stated.
At the same time we cannot close our eyes to some realities of what the Honourable Minister of Finance stated. He has repeated that more than one lakh crore of rupees will be the expenditure for implementing the 7th CPC, which is highly questionable and misleading. He said that on the face of universal economic crisis, India could maintain its GDP growth around 7.5%, require additional 1-1.5% GDP growth to meet out the expenditure of 7thCPC. This calculation is unacceptable as it is overestimated. The 7thCPC seems to have been misled by its economic experts in the Pay Commission as the figures of the Finance Minister as made out in the Parliament vary largely. The Government placing its own constraints before any dialogue is understandable but it should come forward with open mind for the negotiating table.
The call of the AIDTOA, CCGGOO & NJCA is the factor that brought out the averment of the Finance Minister about the readiness to negotiate. Stronger implementation of programme of action by C.G Officers and employees will surely force the Government to constitute a GOM for negotiating with the employees!
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