Inadequate Fitment Benefit recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Govt
Sh. Arun Jaitley ji,
Hon’ble Minister of Finance Govt. of India
Sub: Inadequate Fitment Benefit recommended by 7th CPC and accepted by the Govt.
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1. The 2.57 fitment factor recommended by the 7th CPC and accepted by the Govt is essentially a multiple factor which is the ratio of the new minimum pay arrived at by the 7th Pay Commission 18.000) and the existing minimum pay 7.000).( Para 5.2.7 of 7th CPC report) This provides only 14 29% rise in Salary as well as in Pension which is the historically lowest raise given by any Govl. in the past seventy years. This has happened because of incorrect calculation of minimum revised salary resulted not only by adopting lower prices of commodities but also due to adoption of Aykroyd formula without updating it.
2. It is surprising as to how a gender biased formula of Dr Aykroyd adopted by I.L.C in 1957 is applied, without updating, in digital India of 2016. In todays scenario how can Indian civil society accept a formula for Minimum requirement including just 2700 food calories for a family of four with moderate physical activities which treat the lady of the house as 0.8 compared to the adult male of the house. Furthermore so this formula does not at all take into consideration the minimum requirement of today’s digital India i.e. a smart mobile phone with an internet connection.
3. Considering wife to be .80 unit is nothing but gender bias indicating a colonial mindset of Dr Aykroyd. In the present scenario a wife too puts in the same amount rather more of physical and intellectual work as compared to the husband. She needs more nutrients & healthcare to keep herself lit to be a mother and as an educationist for her school going children. She needs more better clothing than 1957. A lady whether she is a wife of a labourer or of a Secretary to Govt. of India, has a basic right to keep herself reasonably presentable for which she needs some minimum add-ons. As such treating her to be less than a unit is gross injustice. gender bias and unconstitutional. Similarly growing children of less than 14 years need more of proteins. fats & carbohydrates, need to take sufficient exercise & field activities for healthy growth. Today they need much better and more clothing, better education & healthcare compared to 50s The Nation needs healthy & stout young citizens. It is against the National interest to restrict their need based minimum requirement to .6 unit.
4. Sir. in view of the facts enumerated in lore going pares. minimum Salary & consequently the fitment factor for both Pensioners & employees need upwards revision. ‘Bharat Pensioners Samaj’ therefore, appeal to you to revisit the issue to take a favourable decision.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Secy. Genl. Bharat Pensioners Samaj