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Left govt in Tripura to hike salary of employees to corner BJP ahead of 2018 elections

BJP president Amit Shah had promised the 7th Central Pay Scale to Tripura government employees during a rally in May.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2017 22:32 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Priyanka Deb Barman
Hindustan Times, Agartala
Tripura,Left Govt,BJP
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar (PTI)

The Left government in Tripura has decided to increase the salary and pension of its employees and retired officers in order to checkmate rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had promised a hike if voted to power in 2018.

State government employees have been stuck with the 4th Pay Commission scale of the late 1980s eventhough their salaries were last revised in 2009.

State finance minister Bhanulal Saha announced the decision to implement the recommendations by a three-member Pay and Pension Revision Committee headed by former chief secretary GK Rao.

The new pay scale will come into effect from April 1 this year. This means 176,973 government employees and 57,688 pensioners will see their take-home increase for the first time in eight years.

The BJP sniffed an opportunity and worked on their resentment in the hope of taking Tripura after winning Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur elections.

Party president Amit Shah made the party’s strategy clear when he promised pay scale as per the 7th Central Pay Commission to Tripura government employees during a rally at Kumarghat on May 7.

A week later, the BJP’s state unit launched a signature campaign for government employees and their dependants with the credo — “help us win, get huge pay hike”. More than two lakh people turned up for the campaign.

First Published: Jun 14, 2017 22:32 IST