BMC to use your R1,180 cr every year to pay its employees

The municipal corporation is ready to pay Rs 1,180 crore every year to its 1.10 lakh-odd employees as per recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, but there is no guarantee of improved services.

mumbai Updated: Nov 13, 2010 03:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The municipal corporation is ready to pay Rs 1,180 crore every year to its 1.10 lakh-odd employees as per recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, but there is no guarantee of improved services.

This means, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now take Rs 300 crore more from the taxpayers’ money to pay its staff.

The civic administration also plans to ask its employees to work for 45 minutes more every day and reduce 12 casual leaves as per the Sixth Pay Commission.

Currently, civic employees work for seven hours a day — from 10.30am to 5.30pm, including lunchtime — while government officials begin work 45 minutes early — from 9.45am. Yet civic employees are paid more than other government employees.

Moreover, BMC employees get 20 casual leaves in a year, while state and central government employees get only eight.

“I will put these issues before the meeting with the unions on Monday,” said municipal commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya.

When asked about the improving quality of service and holding responsibility, he replied: “Pay revision is only for civic employees. Implementation of the pay revision will be retrospective effect from January 1, 2006. However, we will provide arrears of the last five years in phases.”

In July, the civic administration had appointed a committee, led by PMA Hakeem, former secretary of animal husbandry in the Government of India, to submit recommendations.

The committee had submitted its report on November 9 to the administration.

According to the committee, minimum monthly wage for fourth-class employees should be hiked from Rs 8,805 to Rs 10,414 with additional Rs 640 hike per annum plus 3% routine increment every year.

Other recommendations include increasing travelling allowance from Rs 100-Rs 200 to range between Rs 600 and Rs 3,200 depending on grade, 30% increase in house rent allowance, paying Rs 6,000 each a year as child education allowance for maximum two children in the age group of five to 22 and time-bound promotions.

All these recommendations have accepted by the administration and will be placed before the meeting with civic employees unions on Monday.

If both parties agree over the draft they will sign a 10-year agreement (2005-15) next week with retrospective effect.

Kshatriya said: “The current 65% expenditure on establishment cost [employees payment] will be cut down up to 40% in the next few years.”

Meanwhile, Municipal Mazdoor Union president, Sharad Rao, has threatened that the workers will go on strike if the Sixth Pay Commission is not implemented by November 20.

First Published: Nov 13, 2010 03:02 IST