The empowered committee of Secretaries headed by the Cabinet Secretary had discussion from past five months on the charter of demands raised by the staff side, The finance ministry is working out the financial implications arising out of the improved recommendations of the 7th CPC especially on the minimum wage and fitment formula being improved, granting two increment on promotion and having annual increment on 1st Jan and 1st July instead of just on 1st July. This will benefit a lot of persons on promotion. The other aspect is considering grant of advances, which the 7th CPC has recommended for abolition.
The formal announcement by the of the 7th CPC acceptance is likely to be made by the Government just before the 11th July strike by the CG employees indicating the actual minimum wage and fitment formula.
The cabinet Secretary will present the view of the empowered committee of Secretaries before the Union Cabinet meeting based upon the principle adopted in actual calculation of the minimum wage and fitment formula. The 7th CPC had adopted the Dr Aykroyd formula minimum wage is calculated on the basis of the 15th ILC norms. But erred in many aspects for example the average of prices of last 12 months was taken, The housing weight age , education weight age etc . The prices of essential items are rising from past many years, even in last six months the retail inflation is rising above 5.4%.
Secondly the prices quoted by the GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LABOUR BUREAU CLEREMONV, SHIMLAHttp://Labourbureaunew.Gov.In/ , the Director of Economic & statics , Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi & the retail market prices are varying .
If we calculate the minimum wage based upon the LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT LABOUR BUREAU taking prices as on 1st July 2015 the minimum wage works out to Rs 21,000 / and fitment formula works to 3.00. This will result in 34% wage hike without allowances.
If we calculate the minimum wage based upon the Director of Economic & statics , Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi taking prices as on 1st July 2015 the minimum wage works out to Rs 23,000 / and fitment formula works to 3.30. This will result in 50% wage hike without allowances.
If we calculate the minimum wage based upon the retail market taking prices as on 1st July 2015 the minimum wage works out to Rs 28,000 / and fitment formula works to 4.00. This will result in 70% wage hike without allowances.
The most important demand is that of the CG employees is the minimum wage and fitment formula.
The Staff side had demand of minimum wage of Rs 26000/- & fitment formula of 3.71. Against this the 7th CPC had recommended minimum wage of Rs 18000/- & fitment formula of 2.57. The 7th CPC recommendations has provided only at 14% wage hike at Group “C” level it is only ranging from Rs 2240/- to Rs 3500/- increase per month, and at Group “B” level ranging from Rs 4000/- to Rs 6500/- increase per month. After deductions & income tax the net increase will be just from Rs 500/- to Rs 3000/- only.
This increase is lowest by any pay commission, hence vast changes are required as the prices of essential commodities have gone up and also the inflation rate has gone up.
Comrades it is the time to struggle, we should educate the members and prepare for struggle, so that we should get at least 50 % wage hike without allowances, as allowances are not taken into pension benefit.
Only struggle will get us benefit. Please don’t believe on rumours. Now it is now or never.