Panel on pay hike to submit report to government in four months

The six-member panel is headed by Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan.

Published: 01st November 2016 03:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st November 2016 02:52 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The fitment committee constituted by the State Government for preparing modalities for implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations for its employees and pensioners will submit its report in four months.

The six-member panel is headed by Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan. The other members of the committee are Principal Secretary in Home Department Asit Kumar Tripathy, Principal Secretary in Forest and Environment Department Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary in Finance Department Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Special Secretary in Finance Department AKK Meena and officer on special duty-cum-Special Secretary in Finance Department AK Mishra.

The committee will recommend revision in the pay scale of employees keeping in view the revised pay scale of the Central Government staff basing on the recommendations of the Seventh Finance Commission, a notification issued by the Finance Department said.

According to the terms of reference of the committee, it will also suggest modalities and procedure of fitment of existing grades in the recommended revised pay of scale. The committee will also examine anomalies in the existing pay scale of State Government employees and make appropriate recommendations for rationalisation.

It will review the scale of other allowances related to pay, available to State Government employees and make necessary recommendations for their revision. Besides, the committee will examine and recommend any other matter referred to it from time to time.

On Friday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in the State. About four lakh State Government employees and over three lakh pensioners would benefit from the move.

The 7th Pay Commission headed by Justice AK Mathur had recommended a 23.55 per cent overall hike in pay, allowances and pension for Central Government employees with effect from January 1 this year.
According to an estimate, implementation of 7th Pay Commission for State Government employees will cost the exchequer about `5500 crore annually. The salary and pension bill of the State Government at present is `29,836 crore.

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