The wait for lakhs of state government employees and pensioners for pay revision as per the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations may soon be over.
The three-member state fitment committee, headed by former chief secretary G S Kang, is all set to submit its report on revision of salaries and allowances of state government employees to the government.
“The report is almost ready. We will submit it by May 15,” Kang told HT.
According to sources, the report will almost be in tune with the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees.
“The Centre has given around 14% hike to its employees and the (Bihar) report will also be in the same range, though details will emerge only after it is submitted,” they said.
The burden of implementing the pay panel recommendations, to be effective from January 1, 2017, on the state exchequer is likely to be to the tune of Rs 6000 crore, even though the recommendations will not include contractual staff and nearly 2.5 lakh school teachers recruited through panchayati raj institutions.
“The Bihar government had in the 2017-18 budget estimated an increase of over Rs 6500 crore in its expenditure on the establishment and committed costs, which includes payment of salaries and pensions. The chief minister had earlier said teachers would also get benefits of the 7th pay panel. Other contractual staff would also have their demands, which could take the financial load further up,” he said.
Once the new payscale is implemented, it would benefit around 4.5 lakh state government employees and 3.5 lakh pensioners. Chief minister Nitish Kumar had earlier said that the government would implement the new payscales as soon as the committee submitted its report.
Other members of the committee, which was constituted following a cabinet decision on December 21, 2016, include finance department secretary (expenditure) Rahul Singh and rural works department secretary Vinay Kumar.
According to sources, the committee would have submitted the report in the first week of May itself, but one of the three members of the committee is out of station.
Though it was to submit its report by March 31, its term was extended on March 29 through cabinet.