Cheer for pensioners and PSU employees as Odisha prepares for 7th Pay and retrospective clearance of arrears

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 12, 2018 11:24 hrs
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There is cheer among Odisha government employees after an announcement on the implementation of 7th Pay Commission for PSU employees in the state.

The Naveen Patnaik headed government directed concerned departments for revision of salary of state PSUs, as per recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The state government is also expected to clear pending arrears as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

According to several news outlets, arrears will be paid to the employees retrospectively based on the 7th CPC recommendations from 1st January 2016. The arrears are reported to be considered for two batches – the first during 2017-18 and the other for FY 2018-19.

Pensioners will get 100 percent clearance on arrears but the general employees will get only 40 percent of the arrears during aforesaid time. The state government had on August 29, 2017 announced salaries for government employees in accordance with the recommendations of the commission, but no decision was taken for PSU employees.

The implementation of 7th pay commission benefits in the state will come into effect from January 1, 2016.

The Central government had previously approved recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission in June 2016. The minimum pay was raised to Rs 18,000 a month from Rs 7,000. The employees had demanded a raise in minimum salary to Rs 26,000 and it was also said that the figures could be raised to Rs 21,000 per month. However, nothing was confirmed.

Several media outlets hinted that the PNB fraud crisis may dash hopes of a 7th Pay commission for nearly 2.15 crore employees. But there have been two announcements from state governments of Gujarat and Odisha in the past week that have suggested a good time for Pensioners and PSU employees.

The Gujarat government on March 2 announced that all government employees and pensioners would receive arrears from March onwards. Pay-outs would be made on an alternate basis- three monthly installments. According to Nitin Patel, the Finance Minister and Deputy Chief Minister, the pay-outs would aid nearly 4.65 lakh Gujarat government employees and 4.12 lakh pensioners, costing nearly 3279 crore to the exchequer.

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