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

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Fair Paying Job

The intent of the Sixth Central Pay Commission is not quite problematic but implementation is the key.

With the acceptance by the union cabinet of the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission (SCPC ), five million employees working for the central government have finally been able to benefit from a wage restructuring after nearly a decade since the last such revision. This move should provide some relief to most of those working in the government sector, whose salaries do not compare that well with those of similarly positioned workers in the private sector, e specially in the higher rungs. This will soon be followed as b efore by the state g overnments too implementing the r ecommendations of the SCPC.

The recommendations of the SCPC highlight the necessity to reward qualitative performance and this is done through the instrument of the performance-related incentives scheme, apart from the creation of running pay bands within groups of employees so as to avoid “stagnation”. The other emphasis in the recommendations is on incentives for employees who wish to retire after a minimum duration of service and on a gradual increase in pension benefits with age, apart from giving cognisance to reduction of gender biases in employment by provision of a better working environment and other pecuniary and gender-specific rules such as the availability of a larger number of days for maternity leave. These measures need to be welcomed but proper implementation of the recommendations would be essential. A complaint of the defence forces that they have been discriminated against in the recommendations has been addressed with the provision of a special pay – albeit more at the junior/middle officer level and not for the jawans – in the final order.

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