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Shashi Tharoor shares ‘evidence’ of salary disparity among government employees, prompts debate

“While we all applaud that sweepers are paid well, studying long & hard for the higher degrees required by an Assistant Professor earns her a lower salary,” Tharoor wrote.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 6, 2021 11:03:54 am
Shashi Tharoor, Salary disparity, UGC, UGC salary,UGC pay scale, Shashi Tharoor UGC pay scale disparity evidence, government employee salary, Kerala assistant professors UGC pay scale, Trending news, Indian Express news.In one of the circular, Tharoor points out that while a UGC level Assistant professor‘s salary ranges from 15,600 to 39100 in five years, a sweeper’s pay scale range from 16500 to 357000 in three years.

Shashi Tharoor recently shared a picture that he claimed was ‘evidence’ of disparity in salaries of different government employees, and it prompted a debate on social media.

In a Twitter post on Sunday, the Congress MP shared snapshots of two circulars detailing the government officers from different departments and their pay scale under the University Grants Commission (UGC).

In one of the circulars, Tharoor points out that while a UGC-level Assistant Professor‘s salary is between Rs 15,600 to Rs 39,100 in five years, a sweeper’s pay scale ranges between 16500 to 357000 in three years.

“While we all applaud that sweepers are paid well, studying long & hard for the higher degrees required by an Assistant Professor earns her a lower salary,” Tharoor wrote, sharing the circular.

Tharoor claimed the picture was shared with him by a college professor in Kerala.

The tweet prompted a debate online. While many suggested the circular was misleading and referred to an old pay scale, others argued that Kerala doesn’t follow the amended UGC pay scale.

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