7th Pay Commission: In election year, Gujarat announces hike up to 124% for fixed-pay employees
The BJP government in Gujarat on Wednesday announced a hike of 63-124 per cent under the Seventh Pay Commission, which will be effective from February 1.
By Gopi Maniar |
January 19, 2017
In the election year, the Gujarat government has announced a massive salary hike for its disgruntled fixed-pay employees.
The BJP government in the state on Wednesday said a hike of 63-124 per cent under the Seventh Pay Commission will be effective from February 1.
"The decision to hike the salaries of the fixed-pay employees, as per the pay matrix of Seventh Pay Commission, was taken in the cabinet meeting in Gandhinagar," Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said at a press conference.
The announcement will benefit 1,18,738 fixed-pay employees of the state government.
WHO ALL WILL BENEFIT
Some of those who will benefit from this pay hike include vidya sahayaks (assistant government teachers), police sub inspectors, constables, clerks, nurses and drivers.
Fixed-pay employees have been fighting for a revision in their pay since 2006. The pay revision will come at a cost of Rs 1,300 crore annually.
The fixed-pay regime was introduced by the Gujarat government in 2006, wherein direct recruits for these posts were only entitled to get a fixed salary for a period of five years.
Last month, the Supreme Court slammed the Gujarat government for not paying fixed-pay employees the salary designated for regular employees.
"Now, this five-year tenure will be considered as their regular service and will be taken into account during promotions," Patel said.
WHO WILL GET WHAT
Following the hike, the salary of Class-4 employees will go up from Rs 10,400 to Rs 16,624 per month, which is a jump of more than 63 per cent.
Class-3 employees will get Rs 19,950 as against Rs 11,500 per month they were drawing earlier. The Gujarat government has nearly 1 lakh employees in this category.
The pay of nearly 15,700 Class-2 employees 2 will now stand at Rs 31,340 compared to Rs 16,500 a month.
Further, those fixed-pay employees who were drawing Rs 17,000 a month will now get Rs 38,040, which is a 124 per cent increase.
(with inputs from PTI)