New Delhi: 4.8 million central government employees and 5.2 million pensioners in India are trapped in lives of poverty. Many suggestions have been put forth to improve their difficult situation before the National Anomaly Committee. But I think the easiest solution is the simplest, just raise the minimum pay, said a top most central government employees’ union leader on condition of anonymity.
The current minimum pay is Rs 18,000 and hiking it to Rs 25,000 would solve many of central government employees’ economic problems at a single stroke, he added.
The minimum pay is hardly extreme or ridiculous. All pay commissions except 7th Pay Commission made up pay gap between minimum pay and maximum pay from second Pay Commission 1:41 ratio to Sixth pay commission 1:12, which seems reasonable since employees productivity has grown during the past period to current period and inflation in India has also been raising from past to present, he confirmed.
While The pay gap between the maximum pay and the minimum pay in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations was 1:14, which was 1:12 in the 6th Pay Commission, he also said.
The minimum wage in United States is Rs 780, France is almost Rs 850 per hour while Australian workers benefit from an hourly minimum wage of around Rs 1000, the facts ascertained by him.
Accordingly, The best way for government to help the lowest earning employees is to raise their pay from Rs 18000 to Rs 25,000, he told the reporter.
A promise was made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to consider to hike the minimum pay of central government employees beyond Rs 18,000 at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house a day after the cabinet cleared 7th Pay Commission award, when he met with representatives of central government employees unions’ leaders.
“It is most unfortunate that, in spite of Finance Minister’s promise, the government has not made any attempt to hike minimum pay till date,” the leader said.
The central government employees unions had demanded for hiking minimum pay Rs 18,000 to Rs 25,000 and the and asked to raising fitment factor 3.68 times from 2.57 times, which was implemented by the government based on the pay commission recommendations.
If the 2.57 fitment formula is tinkered with, then salary and pension in general for all central government employees will go up.
However, the government had formed a 22-member National Anomaly Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in September, 2016 to look into pay anomalies arising out of the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.
The union leader said, but the committee had not come forward with any decision of hike in minimum pay for the central government employees till date.
The government has accepted most of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, which have been implemented from January 1, 2016 and the lower paid employees are now getting Rs 18000 per month.