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Friday, September 2, 2016

Forget 7th pay, CCP still fighting for 6th pay grants

PANAJI: While the state government may have announced the roll out of the 7th pay commission for government employees, the corporation of the city of Panaji (CCP) is still fighting for its dues under the 6th pay commission. The corporation has not received salary grants amounting to 13.46 crore for the period 2010-2015 from successive governments, which has impacted development projects in the capital city.
Salaries, wages and pensions constitute a whopping 45% to 47% of the civic body's annual expenditure and the salary grant would provide the CCP some leeway.

"It pains me to note that salary grants towards salaries of officers on deputation and dearness allowance portion of the municipal employees and workers since 2010-11 have not been sanctioned and released by the state government to CCP," mayor Surendra Furtado said.
Given the lack of revenue generation sources, the CCP has to depend on the state government for assistance for salary grants. Lack of funds prompts CCP to divert all the revenue earned through sopo and other licenses to pay monthly salaries.
"If the salary grants are not received by CCP on time, it causes hardships in meeting the urgent development and other works in the city," Furtado said. To persuade the government to provide funds, CCP has written to the department of municipal administration asking it to release salary grants.
Furtado claimed the department of municipal administration was withholding salary grants as the 6th pay "is not made applicable by the government for reimbursements of salary grants to municipal common cadre staff".
This is not the first time that CCP has written to the directorate of municipal administration (DMA) requesting it to release salary grants.
CCP has earlier written in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 seeking reimbursement of the salaries paid to employees, but to no avail.
For the financial year 2016-17, CCP's annual expenditure towards salaries is estimated at 25.40 crore.
TOI Goa News

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