CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday announced a pay hike of 12.4 to 14.87 per cent for 21,779 staff and 3,856 assistants in 32,219 PDS shops across the State.
The move will incur an expenditure of Rs 51.65 crore annually to the State exchequer. In a statement, the Chief Minister said following the recommendations of the pay revision committee, she had ordered an increase in the consolidated monthly salary to PDS staff during their first year of service to Rs 5,000. After a year, they would be paid in the range of Rs 4,300 and Rs 12,000, she said. This will be implemented with immediate effect.
A 63 per cent Dearness Allowance would be given to those on regular pay scale and workers who had completed 15 years of service will be given 2.5 per cent hike in basic pay. Those working in shops in Chennai and its suburbs would be given five per cent of their basic salary, while those in other corporations will get four per cent on their basic salary, she said.
The workers in shops in Chennai and other corporations would get Rs 100 as shop allowance, and in other areas the workers would get Rs 750 and Rs 375 (assistants). The workers would be given Rs 100 as medical allowance and 10 per cent house rent allowance, the Chief Minister added.