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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Monday declared in the state assembly that her government would promptly implement the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.
The commission, appointed by the union government, had recently submitted its report to the central government following which it was approved by the union cabinet last week.
Mayawati's decision was understood to have been prompted by the most obvious political consideration of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Therefore, notwithstanding her badly soured relations with the UPA government, she had decided to go ahead with the pay commission recommendations.
"I decided to implement these recommendations in the larger interest of the well being of the government employees who are facing an acute crunch on account of the rising prices of essential commodities for which the central government was squarely responsible", she told a press conference shortly after making the announcement on the floor of the state assembly.
"The new pay commission would be brought into force with effect from Dec 1 , though we would implement it with retrospect from Jan 2006", Mayawati said.
She further added: "even though the central government had been indifferent to our repeated request for additional resources and had also flatly refused to concede our demand for a special package of Rs 80000 crore, still we decided to mobilise our own resources to meet the additional burden that the new pay scales would entail."
"While the arrears were estimated at about Rs 14800 crore, the annual burden on the state exchequer would be about Rs 5200 crore", she pointed out.
"But we will make it a point to meet that by enhancing our pending recoveries and by plugging wastages. Rest assured, we will not levy any fresh taxes on the people of the state." she said.