Bhubaneswar/Mumbai: Announcing the 7th Pay bonanza for lakhs of government employees ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi next month, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last week announced that the benefits of the Seventh Pay recommendations will be effective in the State from January 2019.
The announcement is seen as a significant step by the State government in view of the ensuing Assembly elections next year.
As per reports, the implementation will put an additional burden of Rs 21,000 crore on the State exchequer.
Fadnavis said that Rs 4,800 crore would be allocated for the implementation of the Pay Commission in the Budget.
"The arrears of 7th Pay Commission will be given retrospective from January 2016 while the Dearness Allowance will be retrospective for the last 14 months," he said in a statement.
The State government reportedly took the decision related to the pay commission implementation following the threatening of the Maharashtra State Employees Organisation and the Maharashtra State Class Four Employees Association to go on a three-day strike from August 7 for various demands including pay hike.
The present minimum pay of the CG employees is Rs 18,000 but they are demanding the government to increase it to Rs 26,000- a hike of Rs 8,000.
It is to see whether the NDA-led Central government will look into the demands of the CG employees or all their hopes will be crushed again on August 15.