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Thursday, August 4, 2016

7th pay salaries from Nov: CM

Porvorim: There is good news for the state's government employees with CM Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday declaring his government's intention to adopt the 7th Pay Commision at the earliest.
Parsekar announced in the assembly that the order accepting the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will be issued before Ganesh Chaturthi. While the revised salary will be paid from November 1, 2016, the January to December arrears will be posted in employees' General Provident Fund (GPF) and new pension fund.

Though Parsekar had announced a month ago that the 7th Pay Commission will be made applicable in the state, the 60,000-odd government employees remained anxious about its implementation.
For the government, implementation of the 7th Pay Commission is expected to entail an additional monthly liability of Rs 72 crore, which includes Rs 59 crore towards salary component and Rs 13 crore towards pension fund.
The Opposition benches had raised doubts about government intention of implementing the 7th Pay Commission. With the state's economy being in a bad state, it will not be feasible for the government to pay increased salaries on application of pay commission, they said. In fact, independent MLA Vijai Sardesai had asked whether the government would have sufficient funds to implement the new pay scales.
Responding to the biting criticism, Parsekar said there is no truth in the allegations levelled by the Opposition and added that his government has never defaulted in payment of either the interest or principal amount on loans taken. Loans were utilized towards capital expenditure and not for payment of salaries and operating popular schemes, he said.

TOI Goa News

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