7th Pay Commission- Odisha Govt Announces to Implement the Seventh Pay Commission Recommendations
Odisha government announces to implement 7th Pay Commission recommendations
BHUBANESWAR: Ahead of the festive season, the state government on Tuesday announced to implement the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations for the state government employees.
Announcing it here, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said over 4.5 lakh serving employees and 3.5 lakh lakh pensioners will get enhanced emoluments and higher pension respectively. Naveen has instructed to implement the revised pay scale from 1st January, 2016.
"Annual additional expenditure on this count would be about Rs 4,500 crore. Government will get the pay hike from September salary onwards," said Naveen.
According to sources, the state government is working out on arrears to be given to the employees and pensioners for 20 months (January 2016 to August 2017). The arrears would be around 9000 crore, official sources said.
Though details of the revised pay matrix for various groups of employees is yet to be revealed, sources in the chief minister's office (CMO) said the state government would implement the pay commission recommendations in line with the Centre.
According to sources, there would be a 14.5 per cent hike in the basic pay of each employee, while overall salary will be hiked by 23 per cent. "The fitment committee constituted to examine the recommendations of the pay commission has suggested it to the state government and the government has accepted the suggestions," said an officer.
"Detail salary structures for various groups of employees would come out in the official gazette to be published in a day or two. Despite financial hardship, we have decided to implement the pay commission recommendations for our employees," said finance minister Shashi Bhusan Behera.
Asked how the state government would meet the additional burden, Behera said the state coffer would receive Rs 1500 crore per annum from the Indian Oil Corporation Limited as the tax dispute between the state government and oil PSU over Paradip refinery has been resolved amicably.
"We would also go for one time settlement to resolve the tax disputes with other agencies which would give us supplementary support. The arrears on electricity and water charges would also be recovered to meet the additional financial burden," said Behera.
Krushna Prasad Mohapatra, an office bearer of the secretariat employees' coordination committee welcomed the decision. He, however, urged the state government to clarify on arrears.
BJP chief spokesperson Sajjan Sharma criticized the state government for delayed implementation of the pay commission recommendations.