Expert committee to look at sixth pay commission report

April 11th, 2008 - 4:49 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) The rumblings against the sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations has reached the cabinet of ministers in the central government which deferred any decision on it when it met here Friday, pending the report of a high-powered expert committee. Railways Minister Lalu Prasad described the Pay Commission recommendations as “highly discriminatory and not in the least equitable”.

Representative associations of the armed forces, police and paramilitary services and virtually all sections of central government employees, except officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), have already protested the recommendations of the pay panel.

Lalu Prasad is reported to have raised the issue in the cabinet meeting and articulated the grievances “of the armed forces, the police services, all class III and class IV employees but specially of my railways employees”.

He is reported to have told his cabinet colleagues: “We have to ensure equitable distribution. My railways employees are threatening to go on strike. If that happens, the country will suffer immensely. So we should remove all anomalies and not accept the recommendations without a thorough study by an expert committee.”

The ministers therefore decided that a 12-member committee under Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar would examine the report and address the grievances of the non-IAS officers. The financial commissioner of railways will be the member secretary of this committee.

The railways minister saw a link between the pay commission recommendations and the latest spate of price rise. He said: “Immediately after this report, the prices of essential commodities went up. As if these traders got wind of the fact that these people may get some more money so we should extract more from them.”

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president described it as “conspiracy of the BJP-supporting traders, which should be thoroughly investigated.

“Moreover, last time when prices of essential commodities went up we had asked the states to invoke the provisions of law to book traders indulging in hoarding and black market. But virtually none of the BJP states did anything.”

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