PATNA: Different departments of the state government have initiated the process of revision of salary of their employees as per recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission. Senior officials said many employees might get the revised salaries from the month of May itself.
Last Friday, the finance department had asked all departments of the state government to revise salary of employees and pensioners as per the recommendations of the state pay fitment committee, which was approved by the state cabinet on May 16. The order was put on the website of finance department on May 29.
As per the decision taken by the state cabinet, the notional revision of salaries has to be made with effect from January 1, 2016, but the actual payment of revised salaries would be made with effect from April 1 this year. As per the recommendations of the pay fitment committee, around 3.65 lakh employees and 6 lakh pensioners of the state government will get a hike of 14-15%.
“The order for revision of salaries as per the recommendations of the state fitment committee along with a separate statement of fixation of pay had been issued to all departments last week,” said Rahul Singh, secretary (expenditure), finance department.
In its 2017-18 Budget, the state government had estimated funds to the tune of Rs 78,818.46 crore (Rs 6,541.51crore more than the last fiscal) against establishment and committed expenditure, including payment of salaries, pension and office establishment expenses. The committed expenditure on salaries and allowances of the state government employees for the fiscal 2016-17 was Rs 18,328.59 crore, including an annual addition of Rs 5,000 crore owing to the revision under Seventh Pay Commission.
Senior state government officials said disbursement of salaries as per revised pay structure might begin from this month as well. “The departments are required to prepare payslips of their employees and send the same to the state treasury for disbursement. Since the preparation of payslip is normally done on computers, the process might not take much time to complete,” said principal secretary of one of the departments wishing anonymity.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar had said in the state assembly on February 28 that state government employees will get benefits of the pay commission’s recommendations with effect from January 1 this year. However, the government later revised the date to April 1.