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Revenue buoyancy may foot central staff pay hike: FM

P Chidambaram says buoyany in revenue collections can meet the additional burden to pay the salary hike of Central Govt employees.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2008 04:05 PM IST

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said buoyany in revenue collections can meet the additional burden to pay the hike in the salary of Central government employees after the submission of Sixth Pay Commission report later this month.

"If my additional revenues are buoyant that will pay for the increment, failing which I will fall back upon the headroom that I have left for myself," Chidambaram told PTI.

When asked about the likely impact of sixth pay commission, Chidambaram said,"I do not know what the liabilities of Central Pay Commission will be."

On why funds were not provided in the budget for possible hike in salary of employees, Finance Minister said, "I do not know what the recommendations would be. The budget already provides for the normal increase of 2008-09. When the Central Pay Commission report comes, it will subsume the increase of 2008-09 and provide a little more."

"I have left for myself headroom," he said adding, "that incremental has to be provided for."

When asked about the Railway budget earmarking Rs 5,000 crore in anticipation of the pay commission recommendatins, Chidambaram said, "I don't know the numbers. Therefore I do not quantify."

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