11th BPS Demands – 7th Pay Commission : Certain Important Observations
Pay commissions are appointed by the GOI headed by eminent personalities in the field of Administration and Justice to decide the salary structure for their own employees from the entry level of lowest cadre in the hierarchy to the level of Cabinet Secretary – the topmost civil servant in the Govt. Setup. The very idea of forming such commissions in a periodical interval is primarily to carry out a holistic review on the global socio economic transformations and relate such findings to the similar scenario of our country and suggest theadministrative reforms to attain such global standards and also to offer suitable and acceptable compensation to the workforce who are employed to attain such standards to ultimately compete and achieve excellence in achieving the objectives.
The recommendations of the seventh pay commission were fully accepted by the GOI gives credentials to the methodology adopted for arriving compensatory package for the various levels and there cannot be a second opinion to adopt the same formula for the IBA too. Let us quote from the Seventh Pay Commission report, which says, “What should be the norms for governance? This has been a moot point through ages and the norms of the governance have changed from time to time. If we go to the past history of ancient India, we have many scriptures which have dealt with issues of governance and those norms are also relevant in the present time.
Bhagwat Gita tackles many management issues at the grassroot level and offers feasible solutions on the principles of value-based ethics, enlightened leadership and human quality development. Bhagawat Geetha says Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. It is further stated in the Gita “where there is Dharma there is victory” or, in other words, success goes hand in hand with righteousness. Chanakya also, in his celebrated discourse “Arthashashtra,” emphasized that the Dharma Sukti is applicable to both, a ruler and the common man. It is necessary to follow Dharma in all walks of human life. Therefore, if we have a dedicated bureaucracy, then they will provide a good leadership and good governance”.
Bank officers are much more dedicated and perform duties with greater risk and accountability. So the salary should be commensurate with the risk and responsibility. The Seventh Pay Commission also says that, “In this 21st century, the global economy has undergone a vast change and it has seriously impacted the living conditions of the salaried class. The economic value of the salaries paid to them earlier has diminished.
The economy has become more and more consumer economy. Therefore, to keep the salary structure of the employees viable, it has become necessary to improve the pay structure of their employees so that better, more competent and talented people could be attracted for governance.” The Seventh Pay Commission has done exhaustive studies as seen below; “To gain insight into the principles of emoluments, workshops were organized in association with IIM, Bangalore, Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad and SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad.
The local country office of the World Bank was requested to provide inputs on best global practices in remuneration. The World Bank team made several presentations on relevant subjects, viz., international trends in public sector pay, allowances, pension etc.” “The expectation of employees in Government will be similar to ours that, “The key expectation of employees at all levels is that there should be a significant increase in their pay and improvement in other facilities.
“Representatives of some of the recognized organizations have staked their claims for grant of a pay structure comparable to that of the private sector. At the core of this demand is the economic development, the country has witnessed in recent times, resulting in the avenues for talented young persons having opened up; several of them are being hired by the private sector for emoluments much higher than in the government sector. The Commission bestowed its best of consideration and has dealt with all the issues in appropriate chapters. It may be observed at the outset that government service is not merely a contract service, it provides a status in society which cannot be monetized in terms of money value.
The focus for the Commission was that emoluments should be such which attract the right kind of talent by a transparent method, keeping in mind the financial limitations of the government. The attempt has been to provide wages commensurate with comfortable living. The pay structure should also need to address any significant deterioration in real value of emoluments as a consequence of inflation.”