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7th Pay Commission – As CM He Opposed – Speaking against the pay revision, Gujarat said constant hikes by pay commissions had caused labour market distortions vis-a-vis private sector salaries.
In a largesse to government employees, government on 25th September 2013 formally constituted the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
It was headed by Ashok Kumar Mathur, a retired Supreme Court judge and retired chairman of Armed Forces Tribunal to revise the salary structure of five million central government employees, including those in defence and railways and about three million pensioners.
The four-member 7th Pay Commission, under the chairmanship of Chairman A.K. Mathur, had worked hard for 21 months to prepare the report. The report was handed over to the Centre a few weeks back.
FLASHBACK – September 25, 2013
Gujarat, whose CM Narendra Modi is the BJP’s PM candidate, said the financial burden of the 7th Pay Commission would be substantial. It argued that drastic increase in expenditure because of pay revision would affect state finances.
Gujarat Government has said that central’s pay panel recommendations will encourage “contract employment” which will not provide government salary structures.
It is also known that Gujarat Government didn’t provide sixth pay commission even to new employees. Gujarat Government which is led by Shri Narendra Modi has fix pay policy by not providing full salary. New employees have to work in fix pay period (probation) such as three years or five years. Already court case is pending in the Supreme Court of India against Gujarat Government filed by Yogkshem Foundation on behalf of the employees.
Speaking against the pay revision, Gujarat said constant hikes by pay commissions had caused labour market distortions vis-a-vis private sector salaries. Gujarat Government has also added that new pay panel will encourage and force state governments to take route of “contract appointments” which will create two sets of employees.
It is a strange coincidence that the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations will be implemented by the Government headed by the same person who previously opposed it.