Once the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission are accepted, there will be an average increase of 40 per cent in the salaries of government employees. Public sector employees are also due to get a wage increase with effect from January 2007. What about the workers in the unorganised sector? Who is to protect their interests? The government should think twice before enhancing the salaries of its employees. Instead, it should strive to bring down the prices of essential commodities.
If implemented, the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations will impose a burden of Rs.12,561 crore on the exchequer. How does the government propose to meet the expenditure? Already, it is unable to control the prices of essentials. Once the arrears are released, there will be a binge in spending and the prices will go up further. Has the government spared no thought for the millions who are neither in the government nor the private sector, but belong to the unorganised sector? Where will they go for the money to meet their daily needs?
It is dangerous to go on increasing salaries without controlling the prices. Both the cost of living and needs will increase at the cost of the general public.
It is incorrect to say that the Pay Commission has recommended a bonanza for all the employees. The recommendations, if implemented, will increase the differences in the salaries of employees at various levels, thus accentuating the anomalies. The differences are heavily loaded in favour of senior officers, especially of the IAS cadre, who rise to the level of Joint Secretary in much shorter time than others.
Thus the Commission’s claim that it has tried to give more increase to lower-level employees is hollow. The government should take a serious view of the anomalies and rationalise the pay structure more uniformly.
The Sixth Pay Commission recommendations are basically different from those of the earlier pay commissions. The hike in the salaries of group C and D staff are not so pronounced as that of group A. In fact, those who demand the constitution of pay commissions, hoping for a reasonable increase in their pay, are the group C and D staff. When they find that the benefits of all their shouting have gone to others, they are bound to feel disappointed.
J. Eden Alexander,
A 40 per cent hike will surely reduce the salary imbalance as compared to the private sector, if not totally remove it. It has been long since government servants were given such a hike. The well-deserved increase is recognition of their patience.
Pandithar Sivakumar Perumal,
With the average life expectancy of Indians being 60 years, is the Sixth Pay Commission kidding the poor pensioners by recommending higher payment rates as they attain the age of 80, 85, 90, 95 and, hold your breath, 100? Service associations should take note and move appropriately so that allocated funds for this fanciful scheme are ploughed usefully.