MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED TO HON’BLE PRIME MINISTER SHRI NARENDRA MODI ON 7th PAY COMMISSION FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, ARMED FORCES, PARA MILITARY FORCES Etc.
It is submitted that 43 lakh serving Government employees, including Armed forces and Para Military Forces, and 57 lakh pensioners retired/superannuated from these services were looking forward to the Government of India for a very generous package, while implementing the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, which would have been in consonance to the policy announced by the Government time and again to bring good days. But it is very frustrating that while approving the recommendations of the pay commission, no effort is made to improve the financial and working conditions of the employees. The Government employees are feeling cheated, their dreams to get reasonable hike in the emoluments after 10 years have been shattered. Now, they have been left with no option but to express their resentment and demand justice.
Sir, you are aware that the 5th and 6th Central Pay Commissions had recommended 20% hike in the salary of all employees which was raised to 40% by the then Governments. In the 6th Pay Commission’s recommendations there was a wide gap between the recommended pay scales of lowest and highest paid employees, which was reduced by the then UPA Government by enhancing Pay Band and Grade Pay of low-paid employees. The employees were expecting the same liberal treatment from this Government.
The decision to accept increase in gratuity amount from the present Rs 10 to 20 lakh will not be beneficial to about 80% employees as they never touch 10 lakhs it is only in favour of higher ups.
The only positive recommendation for pensioners giving them option to opt for pension under new Matrix scales which is after granting the number of increments earned by the pensioner, during their service period in the post in which retired. The note issued by Press Information Bureau, Government of India dated 29th June, 2016vide para 10 states, “Both the options recommended by the Commission as regards to pension revision have been accepted subject to feasibility of their implementation.” In the last line of the same para it further states, “The first formulation may be made applicable if implementation is found feasible after examination by proposed Committee which is to submit its report within 4 months.” You will agree that recommendation made by the pay commission is base on proper evaluation and assessing its feasibility. It raises doubt upon the intension of the government, who is adopting delay dallying tactics to implement the only positive recommendation made by the commission, which is likely to be shelved after committee’s recommendation.
The minimum pay increase from Rs 7000 to 18000 is unjust and violates the criteria of minimum wage. A serving employee is already drawing about Rs 18000 inclusive of Grade Pay and DA@125% of the salary. It is strongly felt that the minimum pay of lowest paid employees in Pay Matrix should be Rs 25,000. This would bring down the ratio to 1:10 from 1:13.8.
We request you to accept the following demands to give relief to Central Government Employees, including personnel from the Armed Forces, Para Military Forces, Pensioners and Family Pensioners: –
(a) Minimum pay should be fixed at Rs. 25,000/- p.m.
(b) While implementing the 5th and 6th Pay Commission’s recommendations the then Governments granted 40% hike in the pay of employees though the Commissions had recommended only 20% increase. On the same analogy at least 40% hike should be given to all serving employees, pensioners as well as family pensioners in their present salary/pension.
(c) Both the options recommended by the Commission for revision of Pension may be accepted and retired employees who are mostly at advance age be given an opportunity to enjoy benefits of long service rendered to the Government as has been done in the case of service personnel while granting ORP (one rank one pension).
(d) The employees at the time of superannuating get commutation amount for 12 years which is at present being restored after 15 years. It should be restored after 12 years for which employees are paid.
(e) There should be no dilution of any allowances in any manner whatsoever. It should be announced upfront now only, rather than handing over to a committee for a final decision.
I am confident that you will be kind enough to accept the above submission and direct concerned Ministry to issue necessary order accordingly.
( Ajay Maken)