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7th Pay Commission: Employees’ forum may call a strike if benefits delayed

It has been around 10 months since the central government approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. However, the benefits are yet to reach the nearly 50 lakh government employees. The problem is that the Committee on Allowances, which was supposed to review the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, has not yet submitted its final report. Until the Committee submits the final report, the benefits, as recommended in the 7th Pay Commission, cannot be released to the beneficiaries. Sources said that the committee will most probably submit its report this week to the Finance Ministry.

Meanwhile, the delay in implementing the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission is increasing the frustration among government employees. The secrecy surrounding the entire matter is also creating a lot of confusion and anxiety among government employees. Reports indicate that the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA) is already thinking about launching a nationwide strike to protest against the delay. The NJCA is an employees’ representative organization and it may call a nationwide strike if the Committee of Allowances does not submit its report soon.

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