Published On: Sat, Feb 13th, 2016

UP to gear up for Seventh Pay Commission implementations

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is gearing up for implementations of the seventh pay commission report, while that will be in-principle accepted by the central government, it has come as a boost for the Uttar Pradesh government employees.

Akhilesh Yadav

“We have to implement the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations in the state as soon as the report is implemented by the Centre,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said.

The state government is likely to start preparing for its implementation.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Friday that the benefits of the pay hike to state employees will be allowed after the central acceptance of the seventh pay commission recommendations.

“We have to implement the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations in the state. The state government will ensure hike in salary, pension and allowances to both retired and serving state employees as soon as the report is implemented by the Centre,” he said.

The huge burden due to implementation of the the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations would force the state to divert funds from capital expenditure for development to meet non-plan expenditure like salary and pension, he added.

The state governments usually adopt the recommendations of every Central Pay Commission award after suitable modifications. The commission award tends to impose a significant burden on state governments finances.

Accordingly, Akhilesh asked centre to share 50 per cent of additional financial burden for a few years arising out of the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations in the pre-budget meeting with the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 6.

A senior official of the Uttar Pradesh government said the state will make special provision for increasing salary of state government employees in accordance with the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission in the budget for 2017-18 .

“The fund of Seventh Central Pay Commission will be provided from the Union Budget of the financial year, 2016-17 for salary hike of central government employees and pensioners.

So, the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees will be implemented in in April this year after fund allocation in Union budget 2016-17.

After implementation its in central level, the seventh pay commission recommendations would also impact our government employees after some modifications. It will also take about one year, hence the fund in this respect will be allocated from the state budget of financial year 2017-18,” he added.

“In a sop to Uttar Pradesh state government employees ahead of the Assembly elections 2017, the Samajwadi government led Akhilesh may announce to constitute the state Pay Commission to hike salary and pension for state government employees and pensioners, which will be implemented from January 1, 2016,” he confirmed.

The Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice A K Mathur in its report submitted to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in November recommended 23.55% pay hike for 48 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners..

Within this the increase in pay will be 16% ,63% in allowances and 24% in pension.

The panel also recommended a minimum pay of Rs.18,000 per month for the entry-level lower employees and Rs 2.5 lakh for the senior most serving officer.

The central government set up a 13-member empowered Committee of Secretaries (CoS) headed by the Cabinet Secretary for processing the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission to get cabinet nod.

TST

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