New Delhi: Certainly, this Diwali was extra special for thousands of government employees across states, with the respective state governments implementing the 7th Pay Commission recommendations made by the Union Cabinet.
Recently, over 12 lakh Rajasthan government staff and pensioners benefitted as the Vasundhara Raje-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government gave a go ahead for higher allowances, including house rent allowance (HRA).
Analysts say the move is expected to boost consumer demand but strain public finances. Also, there is one school of thought that argues that it would provide the much-needed succour from skyrocketing prices.
It was a Diwali gift for nearly 7.58 lakh teachers employed in the Indian universities, when Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar announced the extension of the benefits of 7th Pay Commission to include a substantial increase in salary for college and university teachers.
As per the revised pay scales, college and university teachers can expect a pay hike of Rs 10,400 to Rs 49,800. This would register an entry pay growth in the revision of 22-28 per cent. The approved pay scales would be applicable from January 1, 2016.
Of late, in a bonanza for nearly 12 lakh employees and teachers, the Tamil Nadu government announced a manifold revision in minimum and maximum wages in line with the 7th Pay Commission.
Following the move, the government would incur an additional expense of Rs14,719 crore annually, chief minister K.Palaniswami said.
The dress allowance given to diplomats and elite Special Protection Group (SPG) officers, entrusted with the security of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former prime ministers and their families, have been hiked considerably.
The move comes on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission. SPG officers during operational duties would get Rs 27,800 annually and on non-operational work would get Rs 21,225 a year as dress allowance, according to an official order.
In a Diwali bonanza, the Gujarat government has announced a slew of sops for teachers, employees of municipalities and others.
The state BJP government said "fixed-pay" teachers of government-aided secondary and higher secondary schools across the state would get a significant hike in their salaries. Employees of 105 municipalities across the state would now get salaries according to the provisions of the 7th Pay Commission.
The Gujarat government also raised the annual income cap from Rs 1.50 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh for the 'Ma-Vatsalya' scheme for free medical treatment of up to Rs 2 lakh for serious ailments.
The Bihar government has revised the allowances for its serving and retired employees based on the recommendations of the state pay commission.
The panel was constituted to give them parity with allowances provided to central government employees under the seventh pay commission scale.
The revision, coming just over a week before Diwali, will benefit around 3.65 lakh serving employees and some 6 lakh pensioners.
Though the seventh pay commission scale was granted to state government employees in May this year, the revision of allowances was held back. The state pay commission headed by former Bihar chief secretary G.S. Kang had decided to wait for the central government to notify the revised allowances for its personnel.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced 15 per cent hike in dearness allowance (DA) of state government employees from January 2018.
Source - Times Now News