Announcing a Rs 3,000 crore bonanza for the Punjab government employees, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said that the recommendations of the 5th State Pay Commission would be implemented from August even as the revenue deficit of the state increased to Rs 4,233.92 crore against the revised estimates of Rs 3,811.64 crore in last fiscal.
Presenting the third budget of the SAD-BJP alliance government in which he did not propose any fresh taxes he said that the increase in revenue deficit over the previous year is mainly on account of provision made for the implementation of the Pay Commission recommendations which would put an annual burden of Rs 3,000 crore.
"In spite of the difficult fiscal situation, all Government employees will start getting new pay scales from August 1, 2009. The other recommendations of the Pay Commission are under active consideration of the government," he assured.
The payment of arrears from January 1, 2006 would put an additional burden of Rs 4,800 crore. They were looking to Centre's assistance to make the payment of arrears, Badal later said at his post budget press conference.
"Although the number of state government employees has been static for the last many years, the number of pensioners has been increasing with every passing year. The Centre and the 13th Finance Commission have been requested to share the burden," he added.