NEW DELHI: A top government employees' body rejected the Seventh Pay Commission's recommendations as "disappointing" and said they will observe 'black day' on November 27.
"The employees are totally disappointed with the adverse recommendations," said Shiva Gopal Mishra, convener of the National Joint Council of Action (NJAC) of central government employees.
He added, "While giving a bonanza to higher level officers, the commission has completely ignored low paid employees."
Mishra said the demand of the staff side of the National Council of JCM to fix the minimum pay at Rs 26,000 was completely rejected by the pay panel and this was arbitrarily fixed at Rs 18,000.
The NJAC said the public was misled by the statement that a hike of 23.5% was granted to employees whereas the actual increase was only 14.29%.
"While the minimum wage is fixed at Rs 18,000, secretary level officers will be paid Rs 225,000 and the cabinet secretary's salary is fixed at Rs 250,000. The National Council - JCM (Staff Side) had demanded that the ratio between minimum pay and maximum pay should be not more than 1:8 but the CPC has kept the ratio as 1:13.8," it said.
The NJAC said, "In a nutshell, central government employees are totally upset, dissatisfied and disappointed over the major recommendations. Therefore it has decided to observe a massive demonstration on November 27."