By: B. Chandrashekhar
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday announced the New Year bonanza, though late by a month, to the State Government employees with 43 per cent fitment in pay scales. The hike in salaries will be implemented retrospectively from June 2, 2014 and the new salary would be paid from March.
Making the announcement amidst huge applause from the leaders of employees’ associations after holding a meeting with them, the Chief Minister said that it was the first Pay Revision implementation for the employees after formation of Telangana State and as promised the Government had taken the decision to hike the salary beyond their expectations.
When pointed out that the Government had decided to hike the salaries much in excess to the recommendation of 29 per cent fitment made by the 10th Pay Revision Commission (PRC), the Chief Minster said that there were several instances of State Governments taking decisions to hike the salaries beyond the PRC recommendations.
He hailed the role of Telangana employees in the movement for separate statehood to the region and they did not fear even to face legal cases to be part of the movement including their historic participation in the sakala janula samme that went on for 42 days. Thus the State owed a great deal to the employees for their resolve in the movement.
Stating that there were several anomalies and scale disparities in salaries, Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao announced that the Pradeep Chandra Committee would continue its work to look into such issues. The decision was taken without wasting more time as the Election Commission was likely to announce the schedule for Council elections in the State anytime and in that event the pay revision would get postponed further, he explained.
Recollecting his promise of ensuring an employee-friendly government, the Chief Minister said that the service scales and rules would be rationalised and streamlined as they were bulky and contradictory practically in some cases.
Keywords: Pay Revision Commission (PRC), Telangana employees to get 43 per cent salary fitment, Chief Minister KCR announces hike
Source: The Hindu