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And... Minister Ajay Maken asks for setting up of Seventh Pay Commission




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17 Mar, 2013 11:11p.m.

There have been lot of demands from various unions and associations for setting up of the Seventh Pay Commission. But the government even in parliament have told that there is no proposal as such in setting up of the 7th pay commission (Read : No proposal for 7th pay commission : Govt.)

But now we have an unexpected supporter from the Government itself. Shri. Ajay Maken, union housing and urban poverty alleviation minister has taken up the central government employees demand for the setting up of the seventh pay panel. The minister has written to the to take up the matter regarding the pay commission. He has high lightened that every pay panel since the Second Pay Commission, except the last one -  the Sixth Pay Commission, were set up in the third year of the decade. "We are again in the third year of the current decade and also stressed that Central government employees are justifiably looking forward to the Seventh Pay Commission. 

Minister Ajay Maken asks for Seventh Pay Commission
The minister also justified the demand by the government staff, stating the erosion of real wages due to high inflation since implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission's recommendations.  Of course may be an acceptance for the huge price rise and inflation under the current government. 

The move may be an attempt to woo the employees with next general election to happen any time within almost just above an year. However this can be seen as a positive move. We expect more to join the chorus. The huge success of the strike conducted by the unions may have factored in the decision for the move. There was also a reference that it was under Singh that the last pay panel was set up in 2005, after the NDA government failed to do so in 2003, 

The letter was sent on March 14 and had asked that that a decision be "taken on priority" for constitution of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. "A notification for constitution of the 7th Central Pay Commission is the need of the bour, which is bound to have bearing upon about 20 million employees," the minister said. 

He concluded by emphasizing that setting up of the new pay panel was in "larger interest of government employees as well as the Congress"


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