Panel for 35-50% salary hike; seeks wage-productivity link


Proposed increase will cost Centre Rs30,621 cr in 2008-09; commission recommends minimum govt salary of Rs6,660

By Sanjiv Shankaran and Sangeeta Singh

New Delhi: Some four million Union government employees could get up to 50% increase in their annual compensation after the Sixth Central Pay Commission weighed in with much-awaited recommendations that also included significant changes aimed at boosting productivity in the notoriously inefficient Indian bureaucratic corps.
The proposed pay increase, including arrears, will cost the Union government Rs30,621 crore in 2008-09. A part of the pay increase will be effective from 1 January 2006, the commission’s report said.

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