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

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Issues before the Pay Commission

V M Dandekar THE Third Pay Commission of the Central Government has been sitting for long and must one day make its report. It has to address itself to the same two basic questions which earlier Commissions had addressed themselves to: What should be the minimum remuneration for a Central Government employee? And what should be the maximum salary of a Central Government employee? However, even more basic than these two questions are two other questions: Can or should the Pay Commission try to answer these questions for the employees of the Central Government in isolation? Or do we need an integrated policy in respect of wages, incomes and prices in order to be able to answer these two questions? The Pay Commission certainly recognises the latter two questions. But it will probably leave them alone as being outside its terms of reference. If it leaves these broader questions alone and proceeds to deal with the pay scales of the Central Government employees in isolation, it will inevitably push the country further on the path of wagc- price inflation in which the employees of the Central and State Governments and the public sector generally have been leading for sometime.

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