Interim Relief – A 44 Years Old Struggle!!!
In any nation, the contribution of government employees, in the welfare schemes and in other activities leading to the growth and development of the nation is very crucial. No one can deny this statement and it holds good for India also.
The 6th Pay Commission for the Central Government employees was implemented from 1.1.2006. Thought it contained many good aspects, it did not include recommendation for 50% DA. This terribly disappointed all Central Government employees. One question that arises in everyone’s mind is:
Why the 50% DA Merger, which was given in the 5th Pay Commission, was not given in the 6th Pay Commission?
They also ask if there is any valid reason for this.
1970 – 2014
Confederation and unions have been fighting continuously for the demands of 50% DA merger and Interim Relief. The Interim Relief problem is not a new one. Even in 1970, it was got by employees only after a lot of struggle. From 1970 to 1996 Interim Relief was provided in many occasions to compensate for the rising inflation.
Only in the in the 5th Pay Commission, Interim Relief was not provided. This is because 50% DA Merger was implemented. But in the 6th Pay Commission, as suitable recommendations were not made, problems related to 50% DA Merger and Interim Relief have begun to surface.
Important Reasons for the Problem
The problem began solely due to the fact that the Pay Commission is set up only once in ten years, which is really a long gap!
Only to cope with inflation in the big time gap of ten years, do employees need 50% DA Merger and Interim Relief.
In the previous Pay Commission, Central Government employees got these favours. If the Pay Commission or Pay Revision happens once in five years, situations like this will not arise.
Will it happen at least in 7th CPC?
All the Central Government employees expect if this problem, which began in 1970 and continues till date will be solved through the 7th Central Pay Commission.
I have included a table below for your view, which shows the Interim Relief orders and other related details which were provided to employees from 1970s.