Demand of Budget for the 7th Pay Commission
Ajay Tiwari/ SNB writes an article about the Demand of Budget for the 7th pay commission for Central Government employees.The article is reproduced below ……
Employee Associations want a separate provision to be placed for them by the Seventh Pay commission during the Budget Meeting. Employee Federations scheduled for a Budget Meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 17 January. All Federations of CG Employees will jointly submit a single requisition during the budget meeting.
The draft that defines the contents of the requisition was put forth to the Employee Associations on Monday. It is understood that the Employee Associations are expecting a tax exemption for an Annual Income of up to Rupees Five Lakhs; they are going to request the Finance Minister to keep the same minimal amount to correspond to the consumer Price Index also.
Pension to all employees is also a point in the submitted requisition. Along with Pension, a request for Social Security and Free Medical Facility for all Employees is going to be strong point from the Employee Associations, and also they want to remove the restrictions of the Central Government for fresh recruitment.
A request will also be raised in front of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, to make permanent the employees working in various schemes of the government, also the employee associations want to express their objection in front of the Finance Minister to the fact that the FDI is not proper in the departments of Media, Education and Health.
In the requisition submitted by the Employee Associations it will be clearly express their protest against the FDI in the sectors of Defence, Railways, Bank, Insurance, Media and Retail Business, also they will continue their protest against disinvestment in the Public Sector Undertakings.
• Finance Minister called for a meeting with the Employee Unions on 17th.
• Pleas have issues such as Income Tax benefits up to Rs 5 Lakhs and Pension to All.
Brijesh Upadhyay, the General Secretary of B.M.S (Bharatiya Majdoor Sandh), the Employee Union of R.S.S., stated that in terms of Policies, all the Employee Organisations will remain united, and hence there will be only a single requisition submitted in the Budget Meeting on behalf of all Employee Associations. However, he stated they are working on the Issues that are to be submitted in the requisition that is to be put forth to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and it will be finalised within the next 2-3 days. BMS Leader has stated that on Tuesday all the Employee Union Leaders will be available during the meeting with the Labor and Employment Minister, during which there will also be a discussion regarding the budget requisition that needs to be submitted.
The General Secretary of HMS (Hind Majdoor Sabha) Mr HS Sidhu has stated that Issues concerning the Budget Requisition for the Seventh Pay commission, increasing of Income Tax slab to 5 lakhs, Pension to all employees and making permanent all scheme based employees will be a part of the requisition.
An interesting fact to be noted is that most of the demands of the Employee Associations are similar to their previous demands. Previously the Employee Unions couldn’t achieve any of these benefits from the Government and even this time the relationship between the Government and the Employee Unions is not suave. It is awaited to note on Tuesday, how much Labor Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would be able to please the Employee Unions. The General Secretary of BMS Brijesh Upadhyay says that previously the Finance Minister promised an Interim budget and has expressed his inability to give much; hence it is natural that the expectations this time should be more.