“The budget mostly suited to ‘babus’ and ‘bureaucrats’, because these are the ‘caretakers’ of the government offices in the central and in the capital of the states”, alleged a spokesperson of the employees union on the condition of unrevealing the name. “The commission has forgot the largest number of the employees for which government is promoting it as a too-much employee-friendly proposal”, he added.
“But the submitted recommendation is not more than a ‘lollypop’ proposal for about 40 lakhs of central employees belongs to middle level pay scale bands and the largest vote banks”, he further said.
Several Unions including major employees’ union (Confederation of Central Government Employees) and major officers’ union (CSSS Gazetted Officers' Association) have protested the recommendation proposal and not ready to accept in the present form at any condition. Those have asked the government to remove ‘unreasonable’ differentiations made between the same running pay bands and asked to justify every one.
As per present recommendation, when it is analyses in-depth, it can be found easily that there are broad differences in the proposed salary structure as the lower level of employees have been almost neglected while the senior officers have granted heavy package.
For example: The lowest level of employee living in the classified location having pay scale of 2550-55-2660-60-3200 on January 2006 would get the price band of Rs. 4440-7440 with grade pay of Rs.1300 (a total of fixed Rs.5740, excluding TA, DA and HRA that varies on the designation and seniority) on January 2006. While Cabinet Secretary, the maximum salary achiever would get fixed Rs.90,000 on January 2006, as against fixed price of Rs.30,000 before imposing the recommendation. So we can see that the lowest level of beginners would get only 6.4% of the top position employee’s salary.
Similarly, Group B, C and D employees will get the pay hike about 20% but in terms of money it will be between a meager of Rs.1,000 to Rs.3,000, while inflation rate has been increased many folds against the proposed increment. On the other hand, on the top level, Group A officers (joint secretary level and above) would get 50% more that would be the hike of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000.
Besides, lower and middle level employees, the higher level officers is also not happy with this increment as they claims that an equal qualified and eligible candidate in the private firms get four to five times more salary than the government’s higher officers. Meanwhile, the extra benefits including job security, housing, and commutation government’s top officers get more advantage than similar level of private officers.
Now, the ball is in the government’s court and the picture will become clear after approving the salary. The department of expenditure under the finance ministry is analysing the report and submit its report soon to the cabinet before beginning the parliament session after the break. There, the cabinet would organise a committee of the secretaries to manage the implementation of the report clause by clause.