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Pay panel’s raw deal for pensioners

For the pensioners, the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission have come as a bolt from the blue. First, the pay panel has recommended 20 per cent increase in basic pension at the age of 80 years. It goes up to 100 per cent increase at the age of 100 years with periodic increases in between. The retirement age of Central government employees is 60 years and on average a pensioner lives for 20 years after retirement. In other words, 99 per cent of pensioners would not get any benefit in increase of basic pension at all.

Shockingly, the reasonable demand for periodic raise in basic pension @ 5 per cent at the age of 65 years, 10 per cent at the age of 75 years and so on has been preposterously ignored.

Secondly, the pensioners living in non-CGHS (Central Govt. Health Scheme) areas are paid a fixed medical allowance of Rs 100 a month since 1996. In this regard, the pay panel’s point on “appropriate increase in the medical allowance” indicates its lackadaisical and perfunctory approach in the matter.


The pensioners have been left in the lurch. Their medical allowance should be raised to Rs 500 a month for those below 80 years and Rs 1000 for those above 80 years. The fixed medical allowances should not be subjected to payment of income tax as is the case now.

Thirdly, the modest demand for LTC facility for the pensioners has been totally glossed over. Even the Punjab government has been providing its pensioners the LTC facility by way of payment of basic pension once in two years for the last several years. The Centre should give them a fair deal.

Dr PREM SINGH DAHIYA, President, Central Pensioners’ Welfare Association, Rohtak


The proposed benefits to the pensioners should be considered from the age group of 65 years and above, i.e. the senior citizens. The rate of pension increase is appreciable, but please make 65 years and above the starting point for this benefit so that those below 80 years can also avail themselves of this benefit.

It would be nice if the benefit of 50 per cent of the average emoluments and last drawn salary is not linked to 33 years of qualifying service; the present pensioners, pre- and post- 1986 retirees, should be given the benefit retrospectively, i.e. from the date of retirement. The pensioners not availing themselves of the CGHS may be given a reasonable amount as fixed out-patient medical allowance.

N.C. CHOPRA, Chandigarh


The Sixth Pay Commission report wants matching pay scales for the government employees at par with the corporate sector. It has suggested huge pay scales to the top officers. Surprisingly, the middle level officers have been given a raw deal. Also, the army personnel’s pay rise has not been rationalised in terms of proportionate ranking.

Overall, this will be a heavy burden on the exchequer. This will also adversely affect the economy by encouraging the galloping inflation. The prices of essential commodities will increase further, hitting the middle and low income groups.



According to the Sixth Pay Commission recommendation, the minimum-maximum salary ratio is said to be 1:12. This seems unjustified. Lower level staff get no perks while top officers have many, the value of which could be almost 50 per cent of the gross salary. The minimum-maximum ratio should not be higher than 1:10.

The recommendation for only three national holidays plus eight restricted/ optional holidays is commendable. Sometimes, the Central government offices remain closed for almost seven days. This will now become a thing of the past.

We need to create monitoring bodies at all levels of administration, which should periodically monitor and evaluate every employee’s performance and implement a system of reward and punishment. The incompetent, the inefficient and the corrupt should be shown the door. This is the only way to have a leaner, healthy and efficient administration.

HANS SAKHUJA, Jalandhar City


No doubt, the panel has done a good job. But it has failed to address one rank one pension for the pre-96, retiree ex-servicemen. They have been agitating for the same for so many years. It was a golden opportunity for the commission to resolve this problem once and for all. I request the Union Finance Minister to look into this problem.

D. R. GULATI, Ex- JWO, Nangal

Codify privilege powers

I read the editorial, “Victim of arrogance: SEC’s arrest smacks of arbitrariness” (April 2). The detention of Mr Nandlal, State Election Commissioner of Maharashtra, ordered by the State Assembly, was unwarranted and hasty. A constitutional functionary was forced to undergo imprisonment in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail for the simple reason that he did not bother about replying to a notice issued by the Assembly which was seized of a privilege motion against him.

The SEC held that holding of local elections was exclusively in his domain and not the State Assembly. What was wrong with his contention? Even the Constitution provides for this under Article(s) 243K and 243ZA. How can a constitutional authority with an exalted and peer status be made subservient to a state authority?

The episode once again throws light on a grey area which has been left unsettled. There is a need to codify the privileges of Parliament and state legislatures. The intellectuals in civil society should rise to the occasion and strive to move in this regard.

Advocate, Ambala City



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