The Centre’s decision to raise the salaries of its employees might prompt state governments to respond with their own hikes.
“The proposals will benefit many serving employees and pensioners in Assam. It is now time for the state pay commission report,” state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Maharashtra, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore, is likely to push the implementation of hikes to the next fiscal year.
“We are in the process of appointing a committee to study the modalities and ways it will be applicable in the state,” Maharashtra finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told HT.
Bihar said it will decide after examining the revised central pay scales. “First let it come. Then we will be decide on it,” Ravi Mittal, Bihar’s principal secretary, said.
Uttar Pradesh will soon set up a committee to study and implement the seventh pay commission recommendations and will submit a report in six months.
“We will move a proposal to set up the committee once the CM is back from his foreign tour. The committee will match the central government scales with those of state government employees and make recommendations accordingly,” said Uttar Pradesh principal secretary (finance) Rahul Bhatnagar.
Himachal Pradesh usually follows Punjab in government pay scales. Its finance secretary Shrikant Baldi told HT, “Our finances will be affected the way Punjab implements seventh pay panel’s recommendations.”
In West Bengal, finance secretary HK Dwivedi recently extended the state’s sixth pay commission’s term by six months with effect from May 27. State government employees are unsure when they will get their dues.