Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today asked the Centre to provide financial assistance to the state for implementing recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.
"During a recent meeting with Finance Minister P Chidambaram, I had requested him to provide financial assistance to Himachal Pradesh to meet the need for additionl money for implementation of Sixth Pay commission report", Dhumal told the media.
He said implementation of the Commission report in the state would incur an estimated Rs 1,200 crore.
Himachal Pradesh, whom the Comptroller and Auditor General in its latest report had referred as the most debt-stressed state, has at present a debt burden of over Rs 22,000 crore.
Dhumal said the state government would wait for the recommendations of the pay commission set up by Punjab government (Himachal follows Punjab pattern) for employees.
The CM said his government has already announced five per cent interim relief on Punjab pattern in anticipation of recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.
Asked if the state government would cut down the holidays to just three national holidays as recommended by the Commission, he said all these matters would be decided before effecting the hiked pay.