I too have worked in the government for long years and am presently working in a public sector enterprise. In between the two periods, I have worked in 2 private organisations for a few years. Having experienced both kinds of service, I am in a position to understand the pros and cons of both types of service. Both have their pros and cons.
Yes, I agree, for most government jobs (not all, let me emphasise), things are a lot easy for government employees. Especially for the lower ranked posts in the government, the salary is a lot better than the private sector. Responsibilities are also far less for them. (Private sector lower strata employees can however climb up very fast up the salary ladder, if they work good).
But for higher ranked officials, the salary is less compared to private and responsibilities are comparable to that of the private. Lower ranked government employees are a satisfied lot when it comes to job satisfaction. But most officials are not happy with their career aspects. In government, however efficient you may be you cannot bypass the time bound system. You have to stagnate in the bottom for many years, before you can hope for reaching some respectable ranks in your service.
Things are entirely different in the private sector, where with your skills and talent you can reach the top levels in no time. For someone very ambitious, the private sector is the best bet. For those who want to have a secure, easy and laid back life and ready to sacrifice on the monetary part, government service is the best. In private your job is not at all secure and anytime in your career you may be given the pink slip, if you don't keep up with the demands of your organisation.
Friends, the above comparison is only a general one. There are govt organisations where the work pressure is more than private organisations.
As far as 7th pay commission report is concerned, the media and perhaps the political bosses are simply misleading the general population. Almost everywhere the govt is claiming (as being shown by the media) that the hike is 23.55%, whereas the real hike is only approx. 14%. So someone who was getting 20,000/- earlier as (basic + DA) will now get only Rs 2800/- extra and not 10,000/- as being claimed by the author in this thread. Those in govt accommodation won't be getting any HRA. So hike in HRA doesn't matter to them.
So my question to all those who are wondering why the government employees are agitating is, what's the big deal about a raise which is less than Rs 3000 for someone who is among the lowest strata of the government. All government pensioners will get only 14% ( and not 23.55% as being advertised) hike on their previous gross pension. They don't get any allowances.
Patience and perseverance pays