Congress on Thursday dismissed the pay panel’s recommendations as the “worst in 70 years.”
The cabinet had cleared the recommendations on Wednesday paving the way for a pay hike for central government employees and pensioners.
“The Pay Commission failed miserably to improve financial condition of its employees, including Armed forces (personnel), who were expecting betterment in their pay structure and improvement in living standards but their dreams (have been) shattered,” Congress leader Ajay Maken said at the party’s official briefing on the issue.
“In the history of CPC in about 70 years, this is the worst hike,” Maken said.
The party said that the recommendations made by the 5th and 6th Pay Commissions for an increase of 20 per cent in salary of employees were doubled by the previous governments to 40 per cent.
“Since independence, seven Pay Commissions have been constituted - all by Congress or Congress-led Governments. In 2003, NDA government was in power but refused to constitute the 6th Pay Commission,” Maken said adding that the party would support the July 11 strike by employees’ unions against the panel’s recommendations.