Government Organisations are building pressure on the Seventh Pay commission for a higher increase in Salary.
The Railway Employees had been overlooked by the Pay commission, and now the Seventh Pay commission knocks in.
It is expected by January next year, the Seventh Pay Commission formed by the government will submit their report.
For this, Organisations hosting all groups and classes of Government Employees are submitting their requests. It seems odd to note that till 1959, the Railway ward Chairman was the highest paid employee. The Railway ward chairman was earlier called as the Chief Commissioner of Safety and was paid Rs 3250 which was 8.3% more than the Cabinet Secretary.
The Cabinet Secretary is the senior most officer of the Indian Government. But the Indian Railways started facing their deficit with time. The market share for Goods Washing of Railways has decreased from 90% in 1950 to 30% today.
Similarly the predominance of the Railways over the Indian Government has decreased with time. Now the eight senior most officers of the Railways are being paid equivalent to the Indian Secretary, and there is no question of comparison with the Cabinet secretary.
The salary of the Cabinet secretary is not only more than the Chairman of the Railway ward, but also he receives a lot more benefits than the Chairman. Similarly the Salary of the other Railways employees has become comparatively lesser than the other Central Government employees in every Pay commission.
It wouldn’t be wrong to state that the more the deficiency of the Railways, the more the Pay commission started ignoring the Railway Employees. There is a great challenge ahead of the Commission Chairman, to maintain a balance within so many groups of Employees.
But it is confirmed that, this time there will be such a great increase in the Salary of the Government Employees that the others will start munching their fingers. This Pay commission has been formed for the 36 lakh Central Government Employees; apart from this, there are Pensioners numbered in Lakhs.
An English news paper has stated that potential attempts have been made for increasing the Salaries, and representatives of every Government Organisations are submitting their memorandum letters.
They don’t only want a hefty increase in their Salary, but also want to make their positions better. This means, they want to maintain equal status with those working in other departments. According to the news, if the Pay Commission decides the Salary increase based on the old calculations, the Salaries will become so much that every employee will become extremely rich.
For example, the basic salary of the Government Secretary will become 2.4 Lakhs, and apart from this he will receive DA. Similarly the Cabinet Secretary will be paid a basic salary of Rs 2.7 Lakhs per month, and apart from this he will receive DA and other allowances. They receive additional benefits such as a royal Bungalow, government vehicle, etc.
Actually, the old formula gives a 3 time increase in the basic salary. Many pay commissions have worked on this, now it is to be seen what formula this Pay commission brings in. This Pay Commission is presided by Retired Supreme Court Judge Ashok Kumar Mathur. Along with him are one Economist and two Bureaucrats.
The Salary of the Central Government employees even now is comparatively more than the Private Employees. There a new office boy receives a salary of Rs 14000 and has an additional Dearness Allowance. Similarly the salary of a driver is Rs 30000, which is two and a half times more compared to the private companies. Now their salaries will increase so much that even the managers of Private companies will not be able to compete with them.
But the question is, how will the Government and Railways be able to pay so many employees such a huge increase in salary?