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Monday, April 21, 2008

Pay panel report to be processed by Secy Panel: Govt

In the wake of sharp attack from men of the forces, police and employees, the government on Friday announced constitution of a high level official committee to review the report of the Sixth Pay Commission.

The Union Cabinet discussed the pay panel report, that recommended an average 40 per cent high in pay packets, and decided to set up a committee of secretaries.

Considered as 'inadequate' by employees associations, the Panel had suggested a pay packet of Rs 90,000 for the top bureaucrat and Rs 80,000 for secretaries in the recommendations that cost the exchequer over Rs 12,000 crore.

The Empowered Committee of Secretaries will be headed by Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters after the Cabinet meeting on Friday.

The committee will mainly function as a screening committee for the pay panel's report and submit its final recommendations to the Cabinet for approval, Sibal said.

The government has already constituted a committee headed by Finance Secretary D Subbarao to look into the grievances of armed forces and IPS officers.

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