Rajasthan govt implements 7th pay commission recommendations
The Rajasthan government on Monday issued the notification to implement the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
This will revise the pay of nearly 12 lakh employees and pensioners in the state.
Two day before Diwali, chief minister Vasundhara Raje had announced that the revised pay benefits would be extended to state employees as promised by her in the 2017-18 budget.
The notification, issued by the state finance department, will be effective from October 1. The state government had constituted the Sawant Committee to examine cases of salary discrepancies, allowances and arrears and make recommendations based on the commission report.
However, the notification was met with mixed reactions from government employees. The Akhil Rajasthan Rajya Karamchari Sanyukt Mahasangh said the government has deprived the employees of 22 months of benefits by implementing the pay commission recommendations in the state from October 1, 2017, instead of January 1, 2016. “We have not been given arrears for 22 months,” said Tej Singh, the general secretary of Mahasangh.
The issue of arrears is likely to become a main bone of contention between the government and its employees. “By blocking the arrears, the government has paved way for more confusion. There is no substantive revision on any grade pay scale,” said a government official.
Abhimanyu Sharma, president of Rajasthan Sachivalya Karamchari Sangh, said that new metric system has actually cut the pay scale. “The new system silently cut the basic fixation of Rs 9,840 to 8,880,” Sharma said.
He added that many employees were still in the fix. “We are currently examining the notification in its entirety to check the pros and cons. After a complete examination, we will be able to understand the new pay revision,” he said.
The state employees were waiting for the notification for the last two weeks. However, the employees’ associations claim that the notification has further increased their problems. “Instead of pay hikes under the new pay commission, we will witness deductions across all grades. The government had promised a pay hike of 14%, which seems impossible now,” Tej Singh added.
Singh’s organization suspects that the new metric adopted by the finance department would keep over one lakh employees out of the benefits of the pay commission.
“Several employees may get benefits only in 2018. The existing pay scale is not enough for them. Several cadres are still unaware of the new plan,” he said.
Times of India