Bhubaneswar/Mumbai: With hopes of possible hike in the minimum pay of the Central government employees still intact, the government employees in Maharashtra are all set to get a pay hike from Diwali (November 7) this year.
According to a news agency report, the Maharashtra government has made the decision to implement the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations for its employees from Diwali.
“The Seventh Pay Commission will be our Diwali gift to employees. The finance department made provisions of Rs 10,000 crore in its annual budget presented in March this year," PTI quoted the State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar as saying.
It will put a financial burden of Rs 21,530 crore on the State exchequer, he said, adding that the remaining provisions will be made through supplementary demands or in the next year's budget.
The decision is likely to benefit around 19 lakh government employees across the state.
Besides, the women government employees in the State may get child care leave (CCL) for two years (730 days) while their male counterparts will get a 15-day paternal leave. However, the decision in this regard is reportedly under consideration.
Looking into the way the BJP government in Maharashtra has announced the hike for its employees, Central government employees can keep their hopes alive.
Their demand to increase the minimum pay from the present Rs 18, 000 to Rs 26,000 is still in dark as the Modi government is yet to make any announcement in this regard but the above announcement can be a candle in dark for them.
However, it is believed that the NDA government will make an announcement on August 15.