The Arunachal Pradesh cabinet with Chief Minister Pema Khandu at its head will implement the 7th Central Pay Commission Recommendations, thereby giving a New Year gift of sorts to more than 70499 regular state government employees and 25919 pensioners. Arunachal Pradesh is thus amongst the first Indian states to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay commission, starting from the 1st of January of this year. The government spokesman Passang Dorjee Sona informed the media that this decision would add a financial liability of Rs 423.27 crore for 2016- 17 to the state exchequer.

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Therefore, from January 1, 2016 to September 30, the arrears will be paid in next financial year while that of the period of October this year to March 31,2017 will be paid during the current fiscal year. The arrears will be paid in cash in two instalments: May 2017 and September 2017.  Options have been made available to those employees who want to get their arrears deposited in their GPF (General Provident Fund): they can easily do so and their share of arrears will be credited to their GPF account by the end of this financial year, 2016-2017, the spokesman added.

In other decisions taken at the cabinet meeting, some other issues have been dealt with.  As a mark of respect to Deputy SP Late Bomto Kamdak for sacrificing his life while on line of duty, the cabinet headed by CM Pema Khandu has decided and approved the awarding of the DSP rank to Kamdak’s wife Moni Kamdak Basar on compassionate grounds. The late Superintendent of Police laid down his life leading a team of seven police personnel in Sangrungwa village in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh looking for a rape accused when they were gunned down by Tagiung Yangfo, a wanted criminal. This incident happened on the eve of independence day this year.

There is an acute shortage of subject teachers, especially in Science and Mathematics in various schools.Taking note of this situation which has jeopardized the education scenario, the cabinet has decided for a one time relaxation in recruitment rules. The cabinet has approved to relax the recruitment criteria from existing 90:10 ratio to 50:50 ratio basis for APST (Arunachal Pradesh State Teachers) and Non-APST staff in order to facilitate recruitment of the best subject teachers from across the country. The cabinet also approved to confer Gazetted status to Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) under education department. The state has a total of 701 PGTs at this moment.

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