PUDUCHERRY: Terming the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for Central government employees as a “gimmick”, AICC general secretary and former union minister V Narayanasamy said the employees will get no benefits if the recommendations were implemented.
In a statement here on Thursday, Narayanasamy said the recommendations has projected a hike of 23.55 per cent.
He said the 6th Pay Commission recommendations in 2006, implemented by the previous Congress regime led by Manmohan Singh, had suggested 30 per cent increase, while the current panel recommended 6.5 per cent less for the employees.
The dearness allowance, which was fixed half yearly, has been made annual; house rent allowance was reduced by two per cent for B-class cities and interest for vehicle as well as housing loans has been made equal to bank interest, he said.
Grade pay has been abolished and risk allowance has been withdrawn, he said, and added that the dearness allowance will be merged and will go back to the base point.
He said if the recommendations were accepted, they would serve as an act of punishment of the Central government and Puducherry government employees.
The former Union Minister urged the Puducherry administration to write to the Centre and register its opposition in removing all the benefits of concessions to the employees in the Pay Commission recommendation and ensure that it should be beneficial to the Puducherry government employees.
Narayanasamy claimed that hundreds of low level government employees met him and expressed concern that if the recommendations were implemented in Puducherry, the state government employees will be affected.
Despite the demand from the employees to announce Rs 26,000 as minimum salary, reducing it to Rs 18,000 could not be accepted, he said.
Narayanasamy said the employees will have no benefits if the panel recommendations were implemented.