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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2582

Bangladesh Pay Commission hands over report recommending doubling salaries of govt. employees

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 24 April (Asiantribune.com): The Seventh Pay Commission of Bangladesh has recommended raising the maximum salary of the government employees to Tk 42,000 from Tk 23,000 and minimum to Tk 4,000 from Tk 2,300.

The Pay Commission Chairman Mostafizur Rahman handed over the report to Finance Minister AMA Muhith Thursday morning.

"The Pay Commission recommended forming a cell to adjust the salary structure every year with the inflation rate in the country," Mostafizur Rahman said.

The commission also recommended that the government give education allowances for the children of the government employees.

Pay Commission Chairman Mustafizur Rahman said they have recommended a pay structure, which the commission thinks is possible to implement.

"It has been prepared considering the income and expenditure of the national exchequer."

The commission, he said, also suggested the expenditure to be required for implementation of the new pay scale and the source of fund.

Mir Mustafiz said the commission considered that the government employees and officers would pay their individual income tax and also recommended education allowance for the first time in the country.

However, finance minister AMA Muhith Thursday said it was not the right time to raise salaries of the government employees as much as the Pay Commission recommended.

Talking to reporters following submission of the 7th Pay Commission report at the ministry, Muhith underlined the limitations of national exchequer in implementing the recommendations.

"I would have been very happy if the recommendations can be implemented. But this is not the year (to implement it)," he said replying to a question, indicating the government’s limitations amid global recession.

He said the government opinion on the commission’s recommendations would not be available before next 15 days.
He also said, an internal committee of the government would scrutinize the recommendations.

There are 12.5 lakh government employees in Bangladesh. The demand to increase of salaries of the government employees was raised in the wake of sky-rocketing price of essentials particularly during the regime of army-backed caretaker government in the last two years.

It is impossible for employees of any classes to lead their lives with their families at the salary they have been getting at present. This is one of the significant reasons to corruption in Bangladesh.

-Asian Tribune-

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