New Delhi: The union cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for extending the term of the Seventh Central Pay Commission by four months up to December 31 this year. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the resolution of February 28, 2014, by which the commission was constituted by then Manmohan Singh-led UPA government, the commission was to make its recommendations within eighteen months of the date of its constitution that is by Aug 27, 2015. An official release said that the commission had made a request to the government for a four month extension up to December 31 in view of its volume of work and intensive stake-holders’ consultations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated eight projects during his one-hour visit to Manipur on Friday.
He also laid the foundation stones of four other projects which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore.
Despite a boycott call given by some insurgent outfits, there was a huge crowd at Hapta Kangjeibung where Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting.
Modi said that most of the projects were delayed by the previous Congress government, thereby wasting more money. “If the projects had been completed without delay, people would have benefitted,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that helicopter services had been introduced for the people and the construction of the Jiribam-Toupul rail line was progressing.
He said that 18,000 remote villages in Manipur had been electrified.
Narendra Modi praised Manipuri women for being in the forefront in all spheres. He recalled how Mary Kom, the international pugilist, had won fame for India.
“It is in appreciation of the brilliant sportspersons of Manipur that the National Sports University was opened in Manipur,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that Delhi was now closer to the northeastern region. He said: “As Prime Minister, I have visited the region 30 times.”
He said the Integrated Check Post at Moreh, the border town of Manipur, will benefit the people of both India and Myanmar in trade and tourism.