Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: After implementing the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the State Government has taken a step forward to appease its employees post retirement as it agreed to provide death-cum-retirement gratuity to employees who were appointed post 2005.

Amid speculation over the kind of benefit to employees post retirement, the government has started administrative processing to benefit over 1 lakh government employees in the State, said Odisha Finance Minister Sashibhusan Behera.

Usually, the employees get 16 and a half months' salary on head of gratuity and 10 months' salary towards unutilised leave post retirement. The facilities were not available for those who got job after 2005.

However, after government of India made provision for gratuity for its employees, the State followed suit for the better interest of the employees.

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The retired employees welcomed the fresh decisionof State. "We are happy to hear of the government move to provide us the gratuity post retirement," said a retired employee.

But Opposition parties see politics in the fresh move of government, which they termed as vote bank politics. "Why had the government stopped the pension of employees and again implemented it? BJD government only knows vote bank politics," Congress MLA Ansuman Mohanty said.

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BJP too voiced similar statement. "The ruling party adopted a vote bank politics to acquire huge support from State government employees. The step has been taken only in view of 2019 elections. "The BJD is following the path of Centre," BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra said.