The state has decided to loosen its purse strings for 16.73 lakh government employees.
The monthly travel allowance of government staff will increase by at least 100 per cent, starting this month. The Finance department has decided to increase the travel allowance in line with the Sixth Pay Commission.
This will put a burden of Rs 4,300 crore on the state exchequer in addition to the annual burden of Rs 8,091 crore for paying salaries according to the Commission.
For government employees earning a basic salary of more than Rs 5,400, the allowance will be Rs 3,200 in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Rs 1,600 in other areas.
Staff with salaries up to Rs 5,500 will get an allowance of Rs 1,600 in A-1 cities and Rs 1,000 elsewhere. The rest of the employees will get Rs 1,000 a month. The earlier transport allowance was between Rs 200 to Rs 1,600.
The state had put the decision to hike transport allowance on hold last year.
The government resolution issued by the department on Monday states that travel allowance is for the commute from the employee’s residence to his or her workplace and will apply to all state employees including teachers of aided schoo-ls, Zilla Parishad employees.
The state is likely to spend Rs 42,851 crore on salaries and pension this year, nearly 44.15 per cent of its total revenue expenditure.