New Delhi, May 2: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said here that even IAS officers should be paid according to their daily calory requirement. Speaking on the occasion of May Day on Tuesday, Kejriwal said that a labourer’s minimum monthly wage is Delhi, which was Rs 13,500 currently, was Rs 9,500 earlier. He said that the committee that studied the wake hike had decided that labourers required 2,700 calories per day, said media reports.
“I told them that a worker won’t be paid based on calories. He is a human, not an animal…he has to educate his children, buy clothes…You can pay IAS officers based on their calorific needs, not labourers,” he told a meeting of the Delhi Workers Conference. He said a panel of officers and representatives of labourers and contractors was formed to study low wages of workers but the same didn’t get Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s nod. “He (Baijal) complained that his permission wasn’t taken before forming the committee. We said, ‘we are asking now,'” Kejriwal said, adding that after Baijal’s rejection, the same panel was formed. “They held meetings and it took six more months to increase the (labourers’) wages,” Kejriwal said, as reported by IANS.
He alleged that rejecting the proposal to set up the committee to study labourers’ wages exposed Baijal’s pride. “He was doing this because he was drunk on power. It made me angry but I was helpless.” Last month, Kejriwal was under fire when an RTI query had revealed that his office spent over Rs 1 crore on tea and snacks in three years’ time.