Published On: Mon, Aug 28th, 2017

7th Pay Commission: We’re realistic about pay gap, says union leader

New Delhi: A top most central government employees’ union leader today admitted on condition of anonymity that he did not expect to be paid the same pay as the bureaucrats to lower paid employees — but said that the ratio of pay between bureaucrats and lower paid employees should be minimised.

FM Arun Jaitley had assured unions leaders of central government employees in the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house, a day after the cabinet cleared 7th Pay Commission award, that the pay gap should be minimized.

FM Arun Jaitley had assured unions leaders of central government employees, a day after the cabinet cleared 7th Pay Commission award, that the pay gap should be minimized.

He said we are “realistic” about the prospects of pay gap, describing the situation as “tricky”.

Speaking to The Sen Times, union leader said they were under no illusions about their own positions. He said, “It is tricky at the moment. We are realistic. The ratio of pay between lowest earning employees and top bureaucrats should be reduced.

“We don’t do mind work, or as much as the bureaucrats do but we are not happy that we get low paid to work hard for a living,” he added.

The cabinet approved June last year the 7th Pay Commission recommendations of an average 14.27 per cent hike in basic pay for the 4.8 million central government employees effective from January 1, 2016.

The ratio of pay between the highest declared pay matrix (Level-18) and the lowest grade (Level -1) in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is 1:13.9, which was 1:12 in the 6th pay scale.

All pay commissions except 7th Pay Commission made up pay gap between lower paid employees and top officers from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12.

The first pay commission was recommended pay of the top bureaucrats 41 times higher than the government employees at the bottom. The top bureaucrats were given salary Rs 2,263 while the lowest earning employees got Rs 55.

Subsequent pay commissions reduced the ratio of pay between lowest earning employees and top bureaucrats from 1:41 in 1947 to about 1:12 in 2006.

It may be mentioned that the central government employees’ unions are demanding for a long time that the pay ratio between the highest and the lowest grades should be minimized. They have also demanded that Rs 25,000 should be the minimum pay in the new pay scale and the fitment factor will be higher than the 2.57 times approved by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had assured unions leaders of central government employees in the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house, a day after the cabinet cleared 7th Pay Commission award, that the pay gap should be minimized.

However, the government has now ruled out for minimizing the issue of Pay gap under the 7th Pay Commission.

TST

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