MUMBAI: This Diwali, the State government employees have a reason to cheer more as the government has decided to give them nine months’ arrears of dearness allowance (DA). The State has approved the proposal and the government employees will get the arrears with this month’s salary. It will benefit about 17 lakh government employees and 6.5 retired employees of the State government service.
Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had a meeting with the State Government Employees Union at Mantralaya, where he agreed to pay the dearness allowance with this month’s salary. The arrears from January 2018 to September 2018 will also be paid along with the salary.
The 7th Pay Commission will be implemented for government employees in Maharashtra from January 2019. The KP Bakshi Committee, appointed to review the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations, is going to submit it’s report by November 15. Then the detailed proposal will be tabled at the Cabinet meeting and the Cabinet will take decision.
The decision will impose an additional burden of Rs 21,000 crore on the State’s exchequer As per the government estimate, Rs 4,800 crore would be allocated for the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission in the budget.
Earlier this year, the Maharashtra State Gazetted Officers’ Federation, Maharashtra State Employees Organisation and the Maharashtra State Class Four Employees Association were on a three-day strike from August 7 for various demands including the pay hike.
- The 7th Pay Commission will be implemented for government employees in Maharashtra from Jan 2019.
- The decision will impose an additional burden of Rs 21,000 crore on the State’s exchequer.