It was only yesterday that Union Cabinet decided to hike the Dearness Allowance by 2% of Central Government Employees along with pensioners and now the Centre has again spread a good news before Diwali as the contract-based employees working in government sectors will be given the same wages as the permanent employee receives as the Permanent Employment Norms under the regulations of 7th Pay Commission.
Though unhappy with the 2% hike, central government employees continued to plead to increase it more by 3% but this time Cabinet can’t be more grateful for the ‘equal pay for equal work’ strategy. The contractual staff will be provided same wages as per a permanent employee. The decision came in today via Supreme Court of India under the supervision of Justice K S Khehar.
The apex court ruled out the decision by making lakhs of contract-based employees a sense of relief. The decision came through after a massive one-day strike took place which included as many as 180 million employees working in Coal India Limited (CIL). The strike was mainly to include CIL employees entitled under the 7th Pay Commission for central employees. The strike held on September 2, paid off when finally on Wednesday the apex court declared an unbiased judgement based on the principle of equal pay for equal work.
The employees earlier urged 7th Central Pay Commission to respond to the recommendations along with the support to the agitation. The following decision made by the Supreme Court includes a crystal clear and an unbiased way to approach every employee which has been underestimated all these years. The various judgement adhered by it have been entitled to changes hence being observed as the ‘law of the land’.
According to Justice K S Khehar, Anyone, who is compelled to work for a lesser wage, does not do so voluntarily. He does so, to provide food and shelter to his family, at the cost of his self-respect and dignity, at the cost of his self-worth, and at the cost of his integrity. For he knows, that his dependents would suffer immensely if he does not accept the lesser wage.
The decision came as when Haryana government approved for the implementation of the 7th CPC from January 1, 2016. Temporary workers of Haryana and Punjab moved to Supreme Court when Chandigarh Court denied the implemented pay-scale. After the announcement made by CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana becomes the first State to imply 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
As per the Grade pay, contractual staff who used to get an amount of Rs. 1,300 to 1,400 as per contract basis now they will have a pay scale of a minimum of Rs. 16,900 which is equal to a permanent employee working in a government sector.