Ahead of the crucial Assembly election in the state, Akhilesh Yadav government today approved the implementation of recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. With the decision, over 22 lakh state government employees and pensioners will see a hike of around 15-20% in their income.
A decision in this regard was passed by the state cabinet. The approval of seventh pay commission recommendation may help Akhilesh in the upcoming assembly elections in the state.
Addressing reporters following the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Akhilesh said the pay panel recommendations would be implemented in the state from January 17. The UP CM also said that the decision is in favour of the people.
Akhilesh attacked Modi government for the demonetisation drive and predicted that the ongoing cash crisis in the country will not end soon. “People who were asking for 50 days, are now asking for 50 more days. This problem (cash crunch) will not end in 50 days. It will take at least one year for the situation to normalise,” the CM said, adding that people standing in queues for money these days would soon queue up at polling booths to vote out the BJP.
Talking about chances of any political alliance for the assembly election, Akhilesh said, “Though we are going to form a majority government, our number will reach over 300 if some party joins us in an alliance.”
According to the seventh pay commission recommendations, entry-level salary for the lowest rung government staff would be around Rs 18000 while the top pay would be around Rs 2.25 lakh.
Earlier on November 26, Goa cabinet had approved Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, which will be implemented from January 1, 2017. State Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had announced that over 55,447 government employees will be covered under the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission, which will increase their salary by 16 per cent.
“Another 25,002 pensioners and their families will benefit from the pay scale,” he said. Parsekar said the state’s salary liability will increase from Rs 47 crore to Rs 70 crore annually with the implementation of 7th Pay Commission.
(With agency inputs)