ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONNAIRE OF 7TH
1.1 The considerations on which the minimum salary in case of the lowest Group ‘C’ functionary and the maximum salary in case of a Secretary level officer may be determined and what should be the reasonable ratio between the two.
Answer 1.1:- We are of the opinion that the consideration on which the minimum salary in case of lowest Group ‘C’ functionary should be based on the norms set by the 15th International Labour Conference (ILC) with certain amendments. Earlier Central Pay Commissions have kept in the mind that the minimum salary is applicable at the time a person joins the Government which will usually be at a young age when a person may
be married and may not have responsibility of parents or many children and accordingly, the family unit for minimum salary can only be taken as three.
Contrary to this, Indian family is considered strong, stable, flexible and enduring and normally it consist of three to four living generations, including brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and grandparents living together in the same home. The official statistics reveal that large segments of the elderly in India are illiterate, out of work force, partially or totally dependent on others and suffering from health problems or physical disabilities. Hence, a person when joins the Government he has to look after his parents, wife, children, brothers and grandparents also. The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 also compels him to take care of his/her parents.
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