Tackling Petrol Strike

Union Government should be complimented for its bold step which made officers of public-sector oil-companies to end their strike which made nation hostage through a black-mail strike. Government should be still tougher by not reinstating the dismissed officers to make it a lesson for others in public sector.

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Union Government should be complimented for its bold step which made officers of public-sector oil-companies to end their strike which made nation hostage through a black-mail strike. Government should be still tougher by not reinstating the dismissed officers to make it a lesson for others in public sector.

Public sector employees are amongst the best paid ones in a nation where private employees are largely grossly underpaid. Even outsourced employees in government or autonomous bodies are much less paid as compared to their counterparts in government-service. Any hike in pay of public sector or government employees, raises price-index causing trouble for commoners. It is unfair that implementation of sixth Pay Commission report resulted in sudden jerk in salaries of government employees by more than half the earlier pay, while in private sector pay hike is never more than 10 per cent. Pay Commissions should not hike salaries by say more than 20 per cent from the earlier pay. It is senseless to implement any such report from retrospective effect which disturbs budgets of union and state governments apart from that of common households.

S.C. Agrawal

Delhi