Pondicherry State Government Employees Central Federation protest against the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations
Members of the Pondicherry State Government Employees Central Federation staged a demonstration here on Friday to mark their protest against the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission.
The agitators led by P. Lakshumanaswami, president of the Federation, claimed that government employees were totally disappointed with the recommendations of the commission which was the worst ever in its history.
Though the commission in its recommendation had announced that there was 16 per cent rise in the Basic wages of the Group C employees the hike was only 14.29 per cent. The increase in the minimum pay in the 7th Pay Commission was 14.3 per cent as against 54 per cent in the 6th pay commission.
Mr. Lakshumanaswami said that various allowances had been withdrawn and the House Rent Allowance had also been reduced.
He termed the recommendations as retrograde and said that there was a huge difference between the minimum and maximum pay of employees. The House Rent Allowance (HRA) has also been reduced from 10, 20 and 30 per cent to 8, 16 and 24 per cent respectively, he said.
C.H. Balamohan, president of the Confederation of Pondicherry State Government Employees Association said the commission had recommended Rs.18,000 as minimum wages as against the demand of Rs.26,000 from various government employee associations.
Source : The Hindu