The Kerala government’s 10th Pay Commission has plans to prescribe more worktime for the state’s 15-lakh strong government staff. This recommendation will find a place in the second pay commission report, which will be soon, submitted to the government, says Justice CN Ramachandran Nair, chairman of the pay panel. The first report of the 10th Pay Commission had been submitted in July, 2015.
“The working days of state government employees should be increased.
Holidays should be reduced. Organisational activities should be reduced to holidays,” according to the former judge of the Kerala High Court. At present, the state had six-days working week, except the holiday on second Saturday.
The panel has plans to recommend that more staff be induced into departments that are not doing well. The parameters of identifying the right persons for the vacancies should be made foolproof. Instead of school and college teachers, retired Government employees could be utilized for election work. School youth festivals should be conducted during summer holidays so that it does not affect academic activities, according to the panel. “We feel that, along with salary hike, there should be measures to ramp up the quality and productivity of government employees,” Nair said.