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43 per cent fitment, hike in the basic pay - Fitting reward for employees of Telangana says KCR
TR. Madhavan | 06 Feb 2015

"Never in the past such a huge fitment was given to the government employees and the present increase is beyond their expectations," said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday announced 43 per cent fitment, hike in the basic pay, to the State Government employees as part of implementing the 10th Pay Revision Commission (PRC) recommendations.

 

Viewed as his New Year bonanza, though late by a month, to the employees, the increase in pay scales is likely to burden the exchequer by about Rs. 6,500 crore a year. The employees would get the new salaries with retrospective effect from June 2, 2014.

 

However, the arrears would be deposited into their General Provident Fund (GPF) accounts and they would get the new salaries from March.

 

The Finance Department would issue necessary orders possibly on Friday, he said. Making the announcement amidst huge applause from the leaders of various employees' associations after holding a meeting with them, the Chief Minister said it was the first pay revision to the Telangana employees after formation of the new State. "Never in the past such a huge fitment was given to the employees and the present increase is beyond their expectations", he said.

 

"Never in the past such a huge fitment was given to the government employees and the present increase is beyond their expectations," said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

 

Announcing the hike in salaries amidst huge applause from the leaders of various employees' associations after holding a meeting with them here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said, "Our Government has the (financial) cushion to bear the pay revision as the employees owe it for their resolute role in the Telangana movement. Their commitment towards the movement was visible in their 42-day 'sakala janula samme' and they did not even fear cases and harassment," the Chief Minister noted. The employees were given 27 per cent interim relief in January 2014, after the 10th Pay Revision Commission (PRC) and after the 9th PRC recommendations they were given 39 per cent fitment by then Chief Minister of combined Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. When asked why the government had decided to hike the salaries in excess to the recommendation of 29 per cent fitment made by the PRC, the Chief Minster said there were several instances of State governments increasing salaries beyond the PRC recommendations.

 

Stating that there were several anomalies and scale disparities in State government employees' salaries, Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao said the Pradeep Chandra Committee would continue to look into such issues. He also assured the employees of simplifying their service rules as the existing ones were bulky and confusing. Meanwhile, the Telangana employees' associations thanked the Chief Minister. There were celebrations in Secretariat as employees burst crackers and distributed sweets.