Providing a massive bonanza to at least 10 lakh government employees of the state, Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission (CPC). The decision will lead to a manifold revision in minimum and maximum wages of the employees, with government incurring an overall additional expense of Rs 14,719 crore annually. The move came soon after chief minister K Palaniswami chaired a cabinet meeting which further decided to give a 20 per cent hike in salaries of the employees with minimum pay fixed at Rs 15,700, reported PTI. “Minimum wage has been determined at Rs 15,700 as against the existing Rs 6,100 while the maximum wage will be Rs 2.25 lakh,” Palaniswami said in a statement.
According to the chief minister wage revision benefits were also being extended to nutritious meal workers, Anganwadi staff and village panchayat officers. There will also be a 30 per cent hike for those employees receiving consolidated pay.
Here is the full 7th Pay Commission breakup cleared by Tamil Nadu government:
Maximum Pay: Rs 2,25,000
Minimum Pay: Rs 15,700
Gratuity Ceiling: 20 lakh
Annual Increment: 3 per cent
House Rent Allowance: Rs 250 to Rs 8,300
City Allowance: 2 times
Dearness Allowance: Same as Central government employees
Over the past some time, government employees in Tamil Nadu have been protesting over the demands of interim relief till the recommendation come into effect. A PTI report stated that the Madras High Court even had to order a stay on the protests as it violated service rules. The employees and teachers later on withdrew their strikes after a stern warning from the court.
The Union government on Wednesday has given its approval for revision of pay scales for at least 8 lakh teaching and other equivalent academic staff in higher educational institutions across the counter who comes under the purview of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and in centrally funded technical institutions.