Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Pay Commission report draws flak from central govt employees

After army personnels and IPS officers, other government employees have now voiced their grievances against the Sixth Pay Commission report, saying the recommendations does not correspond to the increased cost of living but will increase inequality.

An association, representing gazetted officers of grade B and promotee officers of grade A in various departments of the Central Government, in a release today said the recommendations of Justice B N Srikrishna pay panel would increase the inequality in their grades.

"The minimum maximum ratio has been fixed at 1:15.7, which was only 1:11.8 at present. What is the justification for this?," the Confederation of Central Government Gazetted Officers Organisation said.

Besides, the minimum pay granted is Rs 5,740 as on January 1, 2006. This was approved after considering two increments of 2.5 per cent per annum for 2006 and 2007, which as on April 1, 2008 was Rs 6,031, the confederation said, adding, "this is much below the minimum wage in todays cost of living."

The confederation also alleged that the salary suggested by the panel increases at much higher rate with the hierarchy.

Pointing out that group B Officers are responsible for implementing all the governments policies, the confederation said they have been chosen to meet out the harshest treatment.

Confederation Secretary General Rajesh Menon said a memorandum carrying their grievances would be submitted to the Personnel Department later this month.

The confederation represents employees of ordinance factory, income tax, postal department, railways, customs, excise and other central government jobs.

Yesterday, the government has constituted a panel to look into grievances of armed forces and IPS officers.

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