Published On: Sat, Jan 27th, 2018

Pre-poll gift: Karnataka govt employees set to get 24-30% salary hike

Bengaluru: Karnataka government employees may soon get 24 to 30 percent salary hike and the Karnataka government also plans to introduce holidays on alternate Saturdays for its employees.

Responding to employees demands, chief minister Siddaramaiah had formed a committee under retired-IAS officer M R Srinivasa Murthy to recommend the increase in salaries.

Responding to employees demands, chief minister Siddaramaiah had formed a committee under retired-IAS officer M R Srinivasa Murthy to recommend the increase in salaries.

This decision appears to be a pre-poll gift from the Congress government in its last-known bastion, other than Punjab.

The dates of 2018 Karnataka Assembly Election are yet to be announced.

The Karnataka government employees have actually demanded a five-day week and salaries on par with central government employees.

Responding to employees demands, chief minister Siddaramaiah had formed a committee under retired-IAS officer M R Srinivasa Murthy to recommend the increase in salaries. The committee is yet to submit its report.

“We are in the process of finalising the report… We will submit it soon since the CM fixed January 31 as the deadline,” Murthy said.

The employee associations are hoping for a 30-35% hike, while the government may go for a 24-30% increase. This will cost the exchequer about Rs. 10,800cr.

Since the five-day week may decrease work hours, the government is thinking of extending office-hours on the first and third Saturdays.

“To ensure this does not lead to a decrease in work hours, the government is toying with the idea of extending office hours on the first and third Saturdays,” a senior official of the state department of personnel and administrative services (DPAR) was quoted as saying by TOI.

TST

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