Stressing that prices of essential commodities are same for all, an NCM member has urged the Centre to increase salary of its lowest paid employees by Rs 4,000.
He also urged the government to reduce that of highest paid personnel by Rs 25,000 under 7th Pay Commission.
In his letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, National Commission for Minorities member Praveen Davar said that the lowest pay of Rs 18,000 as recommended in the 7th Pay Commission is “not adequate”, while maximum pay of Rs 2.5 lakh is “a little too much”.
Davar though said his opinions did not represent any organisation or group of individuals.
“Prices of essential commodities are equal for everyone. But those paid lower are affected more than those drawing high salaries. It is my personal opinion that the minimum pay in the 7th Pay Commission of Rs 18,000 is not adequate".
"But maximum pay of Rs 2.5 lakh is a little too much,” he argued.
Pointing out that ratio of the highest and lowest paid should be ideally 10:1, Davar said, “the minimum pay is increased to Rs 22,000 and the maximum pay is brought down to Rs 2.25 lakhs.Similar modifications can be made in the intermediately pay scales.”
The step, he said, will not only slender the gap between highest and lowest paid, but also result in considerably reducing the financial burden on the exchequer.