At the time of the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for employees/pensioners of autonomous bodies under the Central Government, a new ‘proposition’ has been put forth. This was not seen during the earlier pay commissions. The government wants to re-evaluate performance to decide to close non-performing bodies or merge them with ministries concerned or leave them untouched. There is no connection between giving pay/pension benefits to employees/pensioners and the performance of these bodies. Have they done the same exercise for departments like post office and railways? These are running in loss, but employees/pensioners continue to draw pay commission benefits. The government also wants autonomous bodies to contribute 20-30 per cent toward the increase in pay/pension. Has this been done with other departments? Professionals of most autonomous bodies (universities, IITs, AIIMS, PGI, CSIR, etc.) are the cream of society. If the government shows such attitude, they will prefer going to corporate houses.
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