More Ben­e­fits, But Less Work

The Economic Times - - Breaking Ideas -

Apro­pos the news re­port, ‘For­get Week­ends, Chil­dren’s Birth­days, Modi Tells Babus’ (Apr 22), an as­tute PM, very hard-work­ing him­self, has re­alised in less than a year that babus trail be­hind set tar­gets. But his govern­ment’s pay pan­els are un­able to see that plain fact. The seventh pay panel has even laboured to ar­rive at a pedan­tic fig­ure of a 23.55% in­crease in salaries. It now has the ad­di­tional onus of con­vinc­ing the PM, be­sides the com­mon man. The PM may have a soft heart for babus, but not the tax­pay­ing ci­ti­zen, whose con­tri­bu­tion equals the cen­tral govern­ment’s ex­penses on salaries and pen­sions.

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