Pay Revision: Finance Minister downplays employees’ anger

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Apr 20, 2017 : Downplaying employees’ anger over the revision of pay scales process, Finance Minister Bhanu Lal Saha today said the government wants to implement revised pay structure at the earliest.

In democratic system, employees’ bodies are right to submit or not to submit their views/ suggestions on the questionnaires of Pay and Pension Review Committee, he told the media on being asked about a section of employees’ bodies move of boycotting the process.

“The Committee has already received views/ suggestions on the questionnaires of the committee from an employees’ organization which is representing around 80 percent of the total government staff. If any organization doesn’t want to do this let it be”, he said in the civil secretariat here.

He said the committee has already extended submission of suggestions/ views on the questionnaires for revision of pay scales from April 19 to 22.

If the committee’s recommendation goes beyond the upper limit of outlay, Saha replied, “The government has already allocated Rs. 600 crore for pay revision of employees and pensioners amidst severe financial constraint. The process is a long pending demand and the government wants to offer revised pay scales at the earliest”.

Saha also alleged the Congress-TUJS government could not clear 41 percent DA to the government employees when it was way out of the power.

Referring to the reduction in outlay in different schemes, Saha said the state government is passing through trouble after scrapping of Planning Commission. “NITI Aayog is yet to companionate the state after abolishing of Planning Commission leading to fiscal crunch in the state”, he added.

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