Thursday, November 12, 2015

7th pay panel's draft report riddled with dissent notes

Following is the report of Business standard on 11.12.2015

The notes argue that it will widen the talent base available to govt to deliver increasingly complex services to a demanding population.

The seventh Pay Commission's draft report to determine the new salary structure for the 5.5 million civil servants in the central government has got riddled with several dissent notes. The notes, mainly about bringing in parity between the top-ranked Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the specialised central services, argue that it will widen the talent base available to the government to deliver increasingly complex services to a demanding population.
But the dissensions could exacerbate differences at the top of the bureaucracy in the Government of India, already reeling from the impact of pay-related problems for the retired armed forces personnel who have demanded 'one rank one pension'.

"There is a strong case for considering talent in the government rather than being confined to choices within some cadres," former expenditure secretary Dhirendra Swarup told Business Standard. Swarup is one of the few non-IAS officers who became secretaries in the government, under former finance minister Jaswant Singh.

The notes are also a first for the Pay Commissions, set up every 10 years by the central government to revise the pay and allowances of central government employees. In the fifth Pay Commission, economist Suresh Tendulkar had put in a dissent note but it was on a macro theme suggesting a pruning of the bureaucracy and relating wages to performance.

But this time the notes reflect the sharp differences that have come up among the different cadres of government services about their pay and promotion avenues. There is a larger issue here. All the services taken together make up fewer than 150,000 people within the central government tasked with a mammoth level of administrative responsibility for a country of 1.3 billion people. So, frustrations among them could have far-reaching repercussions.


S.Lakshman Rao said...

Message is out of hasty conclusions...Retired Judge with an eminent team is preparing the Seventh Pay Commission Report.The team has got time limit upto 31.12.2015...

Vishnu Chari said...

The existing pay scales of central govt. employees are much higher than the state govt., PSUs including banking industry, and other private sectors. Barring very few, the salary and other perks what employees especially from the private sectors are in receipt now are much lower than the central govt. The present pay scale of central govt. its is very attractive and as a matter of fact 7th CPC is not at all required since central govt. employees are getting bi-yearly DA to off set the inflation. The DA rate of 119% itself is the highest.
As regards pay parity it is my opinion that civil service/AIS of the same batch should be given same start pay and thereafter depending upon the promotion prospectives in each cadre/sub-cadre i.e. IAS, IPS,IRS etc higher pay can be granted. The present system of giving two years weightage to IAS cadre should be stopped and every cadre should be treated alike. IAS cadre which is considered a general cadre or non-specialist cadre should not be considered for specialists job when qualified personnel are available in other cadres. Cross transfer of qualified personnel should be encouraged for better governance and to serve the public in most efficient manner rather than a superficial manner as is being done at present.

S.Lakshman Rao said...

Seventh Pay commission Report is an instrument which is being examined by Retired Judge with an eminent team.Since the present resolution is valid till 31.12.2015,the Judicial commission alone is competent to certify the sanctity while submitting the report.The Report from Parliament will become a central government notification,for implementation,by means of .Ten years has been the waited period to derive the possible benefits...On the basis of justification outlined,the messages are considered as opinions arrived out of hasty conclusions...

Anonymous said...

It is important the 7CPC should explore the possibility to improve the quality of PSU service by bringing out comprehensive and implimentable guidelines for annual increment and promotion based on performance criteria. Also, it is important for PSUs to recruit young talent by creating a channel for nonperforming people to take VRS. Because in many cases higher qualified people joined the service late and get only about 25 yrs of service compared to the one joined early with less qualifications.

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