Over 1,400 of the 1,500-odd employees of the Rajya Sabha secretariat are restive. They are agitated over the “inordinate delay’’ in payment of the second installment of their arrears following the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission report. The Parliamentary Pay Committee fixes salaries of Parliament’s staff.
At a meeting in October, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat Employees Association said its members were “distressed’’ to note that 60 per cent arrears comprising the second installment had already been paid in all offices of the Government of India and even the Lok Sabha Secretariat.
“This inordinate delay in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has had an extremely demoralising effect on the employees…(who) were eagerly expecting payment of the much awaited arrears well before Diwali,’’ the Association said in a resolution. According to a GOI circular, the arrears were to be paid before Diwali.
What is curious is that 33 senior officers in the grades of director and above have already got their arrears while the lower level staff is languishing.
The problems of the Secretariat cannot be raised in the House under the present rules.
The Association, which was set up in 2009, has been urging its officebearers to requisition a meeting with Chairman Hamid Ansari to sort out their problem. The members now plan to call a general body meeting.