7th Pay Commission: Pensioners’ revised pay from Oct, contractual employees still unsure

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today announced that the 3.5 lakh pensioners who are yet to get the revised pay will finally get the benefit of revised pension from October this year.

Tuhin Kant Pandey, Principal Secretary, Finance Department of Odisha, today met bankers and treasury officers on disbursement of revised pension after allegations of non-payment of pension were raised by lakhs of retired employees in the State.

After the meeting, Pandey informed media that the lakhs of pensioners in the State will get the revised pension from this month.

Even though Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on September 29 announced implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for nearly 4.5 lakh State government employees and 3.5 lakh pensioners, the pensioners in the State were exempted from the bonanza as the bankers and treasury officers denied of having any information from the concerned department of the government related to the revised pension.

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“We have not got anything in written from the government related to the revise in pay of pensioners. Once we get the order, we will work accordingly,” said an Assistant Bank Manager posted in a State-run bank in Bolangir.

On the other hand, the ‘pay fixation’ of the State government employees (working) is yet to be done by the government. “We have got the ‘approximate’ pay hike this month and hope the pay fixation work of the government will be completed by the end of this month,” said an Assistant Section officer in the Sate Secretariat.

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“Besides, we have not yet got the arrears but we are 100% sure that by March-April 2018, we will get the arrears,” he added.

Moreover, the lakhs of contractual employees in the State are yet to get their monthly consolidated remuneration which Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi had in September assured. He had said that the remuneration would be increased by about 25 per cent at their initial appointment and get 10 per cent increase every year till their regularisation.

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Meanwhile, the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations is all set to put an additional burden of Rs 4,500 crore on the State exchequer.

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