7TH CPC: CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES EXPECTATIONS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016
That the 7th Pay Commission which was eagerly expected by all the Central Government Employees submitted its recommendations to the Finance Minister on 19/11/2015 would have been known to almost all the employees.
This is because all the popular websites, blogs, newspapers and TV channels flashed news about the pay commission. It is a crucial announcement which benefits 45 lakh employees and 50 lakh pensioners and so the websites and blogs had a tough time to handle lakhs of visitors who visited them at the same time.
The 7th CPC had kindled such a great curiosity among the employees. When the 6th CPC announcement was made it did not receive such a wide publicity. Since the past eight years, the internet usage has increased tremendously.
In the same way, we can say that when the 8th CPC is announced even the way it is announced might change completely. To that extent the use of online applications are increasing rapidly.
Today, it is very common to find almost all the employees carrying Android cell phone in their hands and having a Desktop or a Laptop in their homes. Using these gadgets they performed a massive number of searches on 7th CPC.
The searches performed by the users tried to find answers for questions like: How the Basic Pay has changed? Is there still a system of Grade Pay? What happened to HRA? What is the status of CEA?
However, after seeing the 7th CPC report, the employees were in a state of disappointment as they did not get what they had expected. Most of the employees felt that they did not get benefits and pay increase in 7th CPC as they got when the pay commission changed from 5th to 6th. The faces of most of the employees were sad because the rise that they got occurs only once in ten years.
All federations expressed their disapproval through reports. Through the NJCA agency, they have decided to go on an indefinite strike in the month of March.
In this scenario, the new years is beginning on 01/01/2016. The employees who had planned to enjoy the New Year in a grand way along with the announcement of 7th CPC in are pushed to a state of grief as they heard the news that they have to compulsorily come to work on 01/01/2016 failing which their pay revision will happen from the date they came for work lastly.
News such as these has put a big question mark on their New Year celebrations. In many Central government offices, the holiday that was already announced for the New Year day has been changed to some other day.
They say this change has been done to avoid unnecessary problems that may arise in the Revision of Pay. However, after the New Year day, we get a Saturday and Sunday, so we can hope that the New Year celebrations will happen in a glorious manner on these two days.