New Delhi: In the wake of sharp attack from the armed forces and police employees, the government on 11 April announced constitution of a high level official committee to review the report of the Sixth Pay Commission.
The Union Cabinet discussed the pay panel report that recommended an average 40% hike in pay packets, and decided to set up a committee of secretaries.
Considered as ‘inadequate’ by employees associations, the Panel had suggested a pay packet of Rs90,000 for the top bureaucrat and Rs80,000 for secretaries in the recommendations that cost the exchequer over Rs12,000 crore.
The Empowered Committee of Secretaries will be headed by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
The committee will mainly function as a screening committee for the pay panel’s report and submit its final recommendations to the Cabinet for approval, Sibal said.
The Government has already constituted a committee headed by Finance Secretary D Subbarao to look into the grievances of armed forces and IPS officers.
After submitting the report, Pay Commission Chairman Justice B N Srikrishna had said, “I have recommended something which is good for the nation... the average hike will be 40%.”
However, recommendations drew flak from armed forces, police force and other employees.
In fact, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee Admiral Sureesh Mehta and Army chief, General Deepak Kapoor had met Defence Minister A K Antony and submitted joint proposals on the recommendations of pay commission.
Service chiefs are understood to have proposed more salaries and increased allowances for soldiers and pointed out major anomalies in the salary structure of both officers and personnel.
The service chiefs have drawn attention to the continuing shortage of officers in all three services — Army, Navy and Air Force.
Other sections of employees have also opposed the recommendations, saying the pay hike suggested was inadequate and would increase inequality.