Sunday, September 21, 2008

Goa Cabinet to decide on pay hike on September 23

The state government is likely to implement the 6th Pay Commission's recommendations with effect from November 2008. The state cabinet will formally decide on the issue when it meets on September 23.

The finance secretary Udipta Ray, along with joint secretary Suresh Shanbogue gave a presentation to the cabinet about the implications of the 6th Pay Commission for Goa on Thursday.

Sources in the finance department said that the 46,000 strong government workforce will get hiked salaries from the month of November, which will be paid on November 30.

The average jump in salary for any government servant ranges from 30 to 35 per cent. This includes house rent allowance (HRA) which has gone up by around 15 to 20%.

The city compensatory allowance (CCA) has been abolished and travelling allowance (TA) put in its place. As the dearness allowance increases , so does the travelling allowance, sources said.

The annual increment will be 3% of basic pay, and the date of increments is uniformly set for July 1 every year to all employees. Full pension will be given after completion of 20 years, that is, 50% of last 10 months average emoluments, sources said.

Implementing the 6th Pay Commission recommendations will entail an additional burden of around Rs 25 crore per month on the government .

The overall liability on the government in terms of salaries and arrears for the period from January 1, 2006, to August 31, 2008, is around Rs 800 crore.

While these are some of the salient features of the 6th Pay Commission recommendations to be implemented in Goa, government employees are eagerly waiting for the cabinet to give its formal nod to the recommendations during its meeting on September 2.

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