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Government Wage Policies in Public Sector, 1947-1982: Relative Failure of Dirigisme

Dilip Subramanian
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 36, No. 2 (Jan. 13-19, 2001), pp. 140-154
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4410170
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

Since independence the government has striven to adopt wage fixation policies with regard to public sector organised labour. Initially the role was discharged by the judiciary and a while later by a tripartite machinery - the wage boards. However, the setting up of the Bureau of Public Enterprises in the early 1960s signalled a shift to greater centralisation. Despite the bureau's existence as a 'supra-bureaucracy', its attempts to impose wage standardisation and salary restraints, but for a brief period during the emergency years, proved by and large ineffectual.

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