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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My Memorandum to VIIth Central Pay Commission (CPC)

Namaste-Good Morning
I sent following memorandum to  VIIth CPC through email. Email address is sec-7cpc@nic.inI am placing my suggestions on internet so that every one can see and scrutinise my suggestions and rectify same through a memorandum to VIIth CPC.
1. Salaries
1.1   The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ functionary and the maximum salary in case of a Secretary level officer may be determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two.
Suggestion: Band Pay recommended by the VIth CPC and accepted by the government is recommended to be accepted by the present CPC (VIIth CPC). CPC may not complicate the matter. This would provide matter for discussion by the government and consume time. As far as possible CPC should consider earlier CPCs as base and work forward from that point. Present rate of Dearness Allowance (Dearness Relief for Pensioners) is 100% and may be 130% by the time recommendations of CPC are accepted and implemented. Hence, Starting salary for each of the groups (viz Group A, B, C & D should be present lowest basic salary plus corresponding Grade Pay improved by factor 2.3. For example present Lowest Band Pay is Rs. 4440.00. Corresponding Grade Pay is Rs. 1300.00. This means VIth CPC accepted recommendation fixed minimum basic pay as Rs. 5740.00. This minimum basic pay should be corrected to take in to account price rise. Hence starting basic pay works out to Rs. 5740X2.3 = Rs. 13202 say Rs. 13000.00 (corrected to nearest 1000 rupees). Allowing 3% of basic pay as an annual increment as per accepted recommendation of VIth CPC and rounding to nearest Rs. 100.00 it works out to Rs. 400.00 in the lowest segment of pay scale for Group D employees. In the pay scale segments are added to cover higher post in the particular group of employees. While working out pay scales for all 4 groups following aspects are kept in mind. Starting pay accepted wef 01 January 2006 by the government for each of the groups is increased by 130% over lowest band pay (including corresponding Grade Pay), increment rate for Group A is considered as approximately 1% of starting pay at every segment in the pay scale, for Group B it is considered as approximately 1.6% of starting pay of the segment in the pay scale, for Group C it is considered as approximately 2.25% of starting pay of the segment in the pay scale and for Group D it is considered as approximately 3% of starting pay of the segment in the pay scale. Ratio of starting pay of last (highest) segment and first (lowest) segment for every pay scale is different and is 1.68 for Group A, 2.22 for Group B, 3.0 for Group C and 4.12 for Group D. Based on these considerations recommended pay scales are as under:-

  1. 106000-1000-111000-1400-118000-1200-124000-1200-130000-1600-138000-1400-145000-1600-153000-1600-161000-1800-170000-1600-178000
  2. 48000-800-52000-1000-57000-800-61000-1200-67000-1000-72000-1200-78000-1400-85000-1400-91000-1600-99000-1600-107000
  3. 31000-800-35000-800-39000-800-43000-1000-48000-1200-54000-1200-60000-1400-67000-1600-75000-1800-84000-1800-93000
  4. 13000-400-15000-600-18000-400-20000-600-23000-800-27000-800-31000-1000-36000-1000-41000-1200-47000-1400-54000

Does Elected Candidate Represent a Common Man?



Does Elected Candidate Represent a Common Man?
In my opinion the answer is negative. Our Democracy is based on western values & methods. Majority is a key word in democracy. However, there is no right rule to determine majority of citizens. Majority is considered based on votes polled and not on votes in the constituency. There is a need revise election system followed at present. In present system a person may win election by getting support of 15% voters. For declaring winning candidates there is only 1 criterion of maximum votes polled for a candidate. It is observed that polling is around 50% or less. Only in a few constituencies polling is higher than 50%. Generally candidates in the arena are around 5 or more. Therefore, if a candidate gets 30% of polled votes he/she is declared as elected. This means if a candidate gets support of 15% citizens in a constituency he/she gets elected. This is ridiculous that such a candidate is considered as representative of people of that constituency.  Ideal would be unanimous election. This is not practicable though. In my opinion minimum 35% of voters from voters’ list for a constituency should be the minimum criteria in addition to the highest votes gained by a candidate in the constituency. This means even if a certain candidate gets highest votes for in a constituency, he/she shall not be declared elected unless votes gained are over 35% of listed voters in the constituency. Percentage of 35 is taken from the general criterion for passing an examination. This could be increased based on experience and studies made from time to time. Those candidates who fail to get elected shall be debarred from contesting any election for a continuous period of 6 years from the date of declaring result of election.

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