No , I have not given that name to the Food Corporation of India
It is none other than the Supreme Court of India , which seems to think so !
Following are the " reasons " ( as reported in Times of India , a few weeks back ) :
# On Jan 09 , SC said, " there was something seriously wrong with the FCI where 370 departmental labour
were each paid Rs 4.5 lakh a month , a salary much more than the President of India "
# Report of a high level committee said ,
* Rs 1800 crore salary bill for labourers in FCI , was unacceptable
* Apart from these 370 , there were other departmental labourers who earned a monthly average salary of
Rs 80,000 and that in contrast, the Contractual Labourers doing the same job earned Rs 10,000 per month
# Vikram Singh Jangra ( advocate for FCI ) admitted that the average cost per month per worker was Rs 80000/-
# Supreme Court remarked :
" They are just loading and unloading sacks of food grain. How are they paid so much when the Contractual
Labour for the same job gets paid Rs 10,000 ? This means there must be many who must be subletting the
work to the Contractual Labourers and drawing salary without doing anything "
# The Government admitted :
Those drawing salaries in lakhs had actually engaged Contractual Labourers .
# Amit Sibal ( advocate for FCI Workers Union ) said :
* Since the salaries could not be paid to the Contractual Labourers , the departmental labourer who engaged
them was collecting the entire money for their behalf, showing erroneously that a single departmental labourer
was drawing hefty salary
# Earlier , the Bombay High Court had passed following directions to FCI :
* Reduce the mind-boggling incentive scheme prevalent in FCI
* Make the labourers jobs transferable
* Abolish depots
* Abolish the system of departmental labourers in phases
# Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar informed SC :
The Centre has issued a notification on July 06, to revert to Contractual Labourers for loading and unloading
of food grains sacks at FCI depots
MISSING LINKS :
# What punishment , if any , was handed out to those " Labour Department Supervisors " who ,
* failed to mark as " absent " those departmental labourers and instead marked them as " present "
* allowed entry to those Contractual Labourers , who were NOT engaged " directly " by FCI
# Does the Central Government notification , violate the " Contract Labour Abolition and Regulation Act " ,
which stipulates monthly wages to Contract Labourers equal to those paid to regular workers at the bottom of
the scale ?
# If regular workers are to be replaced by the Contract Labourers , what will those 370 regular workers do ?
I suppose , they will continue to draw their wages ( obviously , much higher than the monthly average of
Rs 80,000 ) for playing cards in FCI premises !
# Do FCI have any established ," Productivity Standards" for " Tons of grains loaded / unloaded per work-day " ?
# What are the " Permanent Workers / Contractual Workers / Total Wage Bill / Ave wage per worker per month "
scenarios in other Government Corporations such as STC / MMTC / ASI / GSI and hundreds of PSUs ?
It is high time , our decades old " National Productivity Council - NPC " is requested to carry out an exhaustive work-measurement study of ALL such Corporations and establish clear OUTPUT PER WORK-HOUR norms
# Annual Salary Bill of the Central Government ( for 39 lakh employees in 2016-17 ) is Rs 183,936 Crore
Government could easily save 5 % of that bill ( = Rs 9,197 Cr ) , by simply implementing MAD ( Mobile
Attendance Device ) described in my following email to the NDA Ministers / MPs on 01 June 2016 :
" From BAD to MAD "
03 Aug 2016
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