Tarun Reflex

November 29, 2008

6th Pay Commission: Employees await hike

Chandigarh: Disappointed with the delay in implementation of the 6th Pay Commission, the Haryana Karmachari Sangh has announced a rally in Rohtak on November 30.The state Government employees are anxious over the non-implementation of the recommendations, despite the assurance given by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda that employees would get a hike soon. Meanwhile the IAS officers in the state availed a fat hike in their salaries two months ago.
A spokesman of the Haryana Karmachari Sangh said there was resentment among the employees over not getting an increased pay.He said the sangh had earlier submitted a 30-point memorandum of demands to the Haryana Chief Secretary, Dharamvir, but the government is yet to respond to their demands.
The demands included a 30 per cent hike in the house rent allowance and Rs 1,000 per child per month to the employees. They also demanded a 6 per cent hike in rural compensatory allowance for the government employees.
The spokesman said they would continue to pressurise the government till their demand was met. The Haryana government had set up a committee under the chief secretary to look into the issue to decide the actual hike in the salaries of the employees according to the new recommendations. The committee is yet to finalise its report.
Talking to The Indian Express Dharamvir, Chief Secretary, said he had received about 225 suggestions on the 6th Pay Commission from the employees which had to be looked into. “ We have cleared most of the suggestions received by us. The committee is likely to hand over its report to the government soon,” he said.
In anticipation of the 6th Pay Commission, the Haryana government had already made a provision of Rs 1,550 crore in the annual budget this financial year.
The total burden on the government with the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission recommendations is expected to be around Rs 6,000 crore.
The per year burden on the state budget would be around Rs 1,200 crore, according to sources. The state government is expecting a 25 per cent hike in the Value Added Tax (VAT) collections which would be handy in making payment to the employees, according to Birender Singh, Finance Minister of the state.
Karamvir Singh, president of Confederation of SC/BC Organisations said the employees are expecting a pay hike at the earliest.

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