Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: In a New gift to the lakhs of employees, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has approved a proposal to extend the seventh pay commission recommendations to academic staff of government and aided technical institutions.

The government has reportedly granted Rs 1,241 crore for this purpose. "This will directly benefit 29,264 teachers and other academic staff of institutes funded by state government. Moreover, about 3.5 lakh teachers and other academic staff of private colleges or institutions within the purview of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) will also benefit from the approval," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday.

"The Centre will also reimburse 50% of total additional expenditure to be incurred by these institutes towards arrears payment on account of 7th Central Pay Commission implementation," Javadekar added.

The HRD minister further said that the move will help technical institutions attract and retain faculty of high academic standards.

On the other hand, the Narendra Modi government is yet to take any decision related to the demand of the Central government employees who have been demanding a hike in their minimum pay.

The CG employees are presently getting a minimum pay of Rs 18,000 and demanding Rs 26,000- a hike of Rs 8000 or an increase in the fitment factor by 3.68 times from the existing 2.57 times.

While reports are there that the disappointment has again engulfed the CG employees after the government declared an interim budget, hopes are still intact on the Modi government as it might not want to disappoint the 50 lakh odd employees by not paying heed to their demand.