Ever since the print and electronic media started reporting 7th Pay Commission, the unanimous view of reporting was that of ‘Gift’ (or in Hindi, “Tohfa”).
That’s why it’s not surprising that the headlines of most of these reports are towing on these lines:
Govt ‘by and large’ accepts recommendations; OR
‘minimum pay now Rs 18,000’; OR
‘Government Employees Get 24% Raise’
After reading or viewing such media reports or analyses, it’s quite common for the viewer o reader to question — If the Government has accepted all the recommendations and increased the minimum wage to Rs 18000 per month, then why the Govt. employees complaining?
But there are plenty of reasons to complain about; and no one should feel happy.
Not even those who are not in Govt. employment.
I tell you why.
In a country where majority of young men and women work in private sector that too unorganized private sector or in an unorganized manner; the question they should ask is: How many of them are getting the minimum wage?
In this case Rs. 18000 per month.
The people who’re in Govt. employment are not complaining the wage hike. They are complaining whether that wage hike covers the increase in prices or cost of living in the past 10 years.
Now many among you, with sufficient education to get at least Rs 18000; may argue that no private company gives that much wage to majority of its employees?
That’s the point.
Th Government is the IDEAL Employer. If it fails to act like an ideal employer, then it indirectly encourages the Private sector to give very low wages. The wages can be so low that an engineer in a private sector is not able to plan his future life. Or a person with lesser education may get so low wage in private sector that he’s not able to provide adequate food, shelter to his family.
Hence when Govt employees protest the wage increase in after the pay commission; this means that the Govt. has failed its duty of an IDEAL EMPLOYER.
There’s another point here too.
If you compare the executive salaries in private sector and Govt. sector, then Govt. is paying a way too less salary to its executives.
This again hits majority of young men and women working in private sector that too unorganized private sector or in an unorganized manner and non-executive jobs.
How?… As the private sector chooses to pay very high salaries to a select few executives; so that it doesn’t have to pay even minimum wages to its majority workers. This suits private sector.
That’s why I don’t support the Modi Government’s “Skill development” initiative; as it wants to create apprentices to work on very small wages. I believe that NO young man or woman must be made to work 12 hours a day; on below dignity wages.
Hence even if you work in private sector or searching for a job or still taking some professional education; look at 7th pay commission as a flag bearer for wages in private sector as well.
As a disclosure, I too work in private sector.