Considering the rising prices of commodities and ever-moving upward inflation graph, Pay Commissions are perhaps the only ray of hope for any government employee in India, who eagerly waits for Pay Commission, which happens once in 10-13 years, to give their otherwise weak salaries a boost.
Inflation, price rise and not to forget the rising levels of real estate, which gives nightmares to any government employee and an uncertainty to be able to meet basic needs, including a house that seem a distant dream with thin salaries that they get and if loan is any help then their lifespan is even cut short repaying it, finally all these concerns lead to the sixth Pay Commission.
The first Pay Commission was established in 1956, and since then, every decade has seen the birth of a commission that decides the wages of government employees for a particular time-frame. The sixth Pay Commission submitted its report to the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram on March 24, 2008. The commission was headed by Justice BN Srikrishna. For the past several years, Communist leaders and trade unions had been demanding the setting-up of such a commission. In 2005, the government set up a committee to study the demand.
The committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary BK Chaturvedi, turned down the request for constituting the sixth Pay Commission. The committee believed that the Centre might not be able to bear the additional burden and the states were just recovering from the impact of the fifth Pay Commission, whose recommendations were implemented in 1997. The 12th Finance Commission also urged the government to stop the practice of increasing salaries by appointing pay commissions every 10 years. Despite opposition, sixth Pay Commission happened and now its time that we start planning for another Pay Commission, sooner the better!
Seventh Pay Commission Report India: What to expect from Govt. Of India
- Uniform fixation of the pay scales to allow impartial evaluation, appraisals and grading of the staff.
- An increase in pay is one thing, but the system of rise in the pay and promotion needs rectification. Even those employees who work less get the same pay and promotion. One who works hard should be rewarded.
- Cost of Petroleum products should be the basis of transport allowance.
- Most allowances are not paid as per market standards, for example HRA, TA, CCA and daily allowances. These allowances must be changed every two years as per market prices.
- Talent should be given priority and not seniority. Performance based incentives will help improve efficiency.
- Upgradation of government machinery.
- Rent free land and mobile phone connections.
- Laptop computers
- Flight eligibility
It is not the quantum of increase that is expected. Officials should be paid honorably to keep their head high and boost government’s image. A government employee must be able to live in a decent place, taking care of his wife, educate two children and take care of his old-age parents. This would be the desire of almost every government employee.