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Railways hog 35% of govt salary bill

Devyani Shetty,
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The Indian government spent Rs 108,071 crore ($17.4 billion) on salaries for its 3 million civilian employees in 2012-13, an increase of 13% from the previous year, according to data released by the Pay Research Unit of the Ministry of Finance.


The Ministry of Railways continues to have the largest share of pay and allowances at 35.7%. The highest increase was seen by the Ministry of Home Affairs as its pay and allowances increased from 21% in 2011-12 to 23.2% in 2012-13.



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  1. Mukesh Kamath Reply

    March 28, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    These salary expenses can be reduced by nearly 80%. Here is how=> By running railways profitably there won’t be any net outgo. Increasing affluence of people and lesser crime will reduce burden on police and lesser policing will be needed. Defence will be the only one with highest pay percentage. If Department of posts is converted to a bank they too can run efficiently and salary outgo will reduce.

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