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Budget upsets Tripura Govt employees : State Finance Minister refused to implement 7th Pay Commission, proposed revised pay structure
TIWN Feb 20, 2017
Budget upsets Tripura Govt employees : State Finance Minister refused to implement 7th  Pay Commission, proposed revised pay structure
PHOTO : Finance Minister placing budget at the Assembly. TIWN Pic Feb 20

AGARTALA, Feb 20 (TIWN): Dispatching the hope of the Govt employees Tripura Govt has directly declined to implement 7th Pay Commission for the FY. Unlike Assam, there was no good news for Tripura Govt employees as the much awaited Pay Commission was declined by Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha. Declaring the budget, Saha said, “… Hon’ble Members are aware that Union Government has accepted 7th Pay Commission recommendations for the Central Govt employees and pensioners in July 2016. In consequence to that, the State Finance Dept. has examined thoroughly the fiscal impact to implement them. It has been revealed that a huge amount will be required to meet the requirement in accordance with the accepted recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. But in anticipation to that, neither the 14th Finance Commission nor the govt of India in its budget has made any provision to overcome the financial constraints of the state. In this situation, further examination is going on to take pragmatic views and steps in this regard”.

He further noted, “… however, Mr. Speaker Sir, keeping all aspects in mind, I am now proposing to revise the pay structure and pension for different category  employees and pensioners of the state for which a provision of Rs. 600 crores has been kept in budget of 2017-18….”.

Thus with the review decision and merely a proposal of Rs. 600 crores of provision would not benefit the employees at all.

This has upset the Govt employees of Tripura for another year.

However,it’s worthy to mention here that for the first time Tripura govt. in 2008 implemented Pay Review commission, whereas the employees were expecting the Pay-Commission’s implementation. But in the name of Pay review till day govt. employees have been deprived in Tripura. It took 9 years for grade pay’s introduction in Tripura. Out of 20 PSO for pensioners, Tripura has only 6 out of them which are given to a selective section of employees.

Even after High court orders to clear 31% DA to the state government employees, Tripura government once again in the cabinet meeting deprived its employees by giving only mere 9 % DA across the whole year.

  It is to be mentioned here that Tripura High Court has ordered the state govt. to pay 31 % DA unless the govt. here doesn’t take any proper DA system and Pay Commissions implement. High Court Judge Subhashish Talapatra in a divisional bench announced it. Court has ordered to give the 31 % DA since 1/1/2009 to 27/8/2011, in 3 installments. So the first instalment will be started from 1/7/2016. By increasing 4 per cent DA for the pensioners and state government employees the difference between the state and central employees still remained at 42%. Now after the 5 % DA its 37 % and once the 7th Pay Commission implemented at Centre then the gap will raise upto 60% most probably.




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