The Gujarat Government has announced that it will implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in a move that will affect the more than one lakh fixed-pay employees in the state. A steep hike of between 63 and 124 percent has been announced. Gujarat’s deputy CM Nitin Patel stated the intention of the government in a press conference in Gandhinagar, the capital. The pay hike will be effective from February 1.

The 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations will be implemented in Gujarat starting February 1

7th Pay Commission Implementation in Gujarat: Who benefits?

The move will positively benefit around 1,18,700 State government employees in different cadres across the state. The decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court chastising the Gujarat government for not paying fixed-pay employees the salaries mentioned for regular employees. Beneficiaries from the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission‘s recommendations will include assistant government teachers, constables, clerks, drivers and nurses and police sub-inspectors. This pay revision will cost the state exchequer Rs 1,300 crores per year.

The battle of the fixed pay employees began in 2006 when they complained that they were losing out on regular pay revisions and increments. The system of employing fixed pay employees began in the same year. Those recruited under the arrangement would get a fixed salary for five years. In the present system, the first five years of service will be taken into account when promotions are considered.

Salaries of Class 1 or higher officials with ranks like the deputy education officer and office superintendents will be boosted by a 124 percent hike and will now be Rs 38,090 per month. Employees in the middle bands like staff nurses and deputy accountants will enjoy a hike of 90 percent and will take home Rs 31,340 a month. In the last band, low-level Class 4 employees will have a 63 percent hike and will have a salary of Rs 19,950 a month.

The news of the implementation comes as a welcome move as discontent had been brewing in employees across the nation. We had earlier reported that the government would look to ensure that the massive sums of money garnered by the Income Declaration Scheme II would fund the recommendations made by the 7th Central Pay Commission. Demonetisation was also said to ease in the implementation of the commission’s recommendations, as mentioned here.

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