ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Politics- Arrangements of Convenience

IT is quite unnecessary for the government, or anyone else, to pretend that the decision to make a so-called productivity- linked incentive payment to Railway employees has been dictated by anything other than the proximity of the ejections to the Lok Sabha, According, tothe government's decision, announced on this Tuesday, railwaymen will get an incentive payment equal to 25 .days" wages with effect from the current financial year. The payment will be linked to productivity and 1977- 76 will be used as the base year for measuring relative changes in productivity. The concept of productivity as well as the precise formula for linking the' incentive payment to changes in productivity presumably still remain to be thrashed out between the railway administration and the unions of railway workers. What the railwaymen have been promised is thus a post-dated cheque, post-dated by over a year, since the incentive payment for the current year is expected to be made only around December 1980. However, the workers are also to receive an ad hoc payment equal to 15 days' waives before the end of this financial year. This payment, the government has said, is being made as a goodwill gesture towards the workers forthe latter accepting the productivity- linked incentive payment instead o bonus. According to one estimate, the ad hoc payment will amount to Rs 30 crores and the productivity-linked incentive payment to Rs 62 crores

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