Hindustan Times has taken a deeper look at the demands of the employees and drafted suggestions, which can help defuse the tension between the government and the employees. Below are suggestions and food for thought:
*1) **Arrears to be released under the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations with retrospect effect:* The government, which faces financial crunch, can release the arrears money in piece meals. The money to be released can be given in percents rather than lum sum and over a period of time. Two, a portion of the arrears can be routed through GP Funds and only to be taken at the time of retirement.
*2) **Increase in the retirement age from 58 to 60: *The government can sit down and work on the statistics of how many employees get retired over a period of time. Second, calculate the number of employees who got a chance to serve less than average time of services, which is 30 years. Those who has served the state more than 30 years should get retired at the age of 58 and those who served less should be given two years more.
*3) **Conversion of Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) into Dearness Allowance (DA):* Since COLA is applied in public sector units and is followed once DA is given to the government employees, it hardly matters for the state to change the nomenclature. At the end of the day, the state pays it otherwise. **
*4) **Uniform Housing Rent Allowance Issue:* Let the government stop extending 15 per cent HRA to employees working in urban areas and 5 per cent HRA to employees working in rural areas. The government can put the HRA at 10 per cent and make it uniform. This will help the government to stop migration of employees from rural divisions to urban divisions, since many opt for urban centres for higher HRAs. **