Bhubaneswar: The Fitment Committee has prepared its report as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and will soon submit its report to State government.
Government employees are eagerly awaiting to know the modalities prepared by the Fitment Committee. As per OTV sources, the Committee has drafted the report based on employees salary, scale of pay, DA and rank.
The committee has recommended to raise the basic pay of each employee roughly by 14.5 per cent. If the State government follows the Central government pattern for implementing pension, the overall salary will increase by 23 per cent. The 7th Pay Commission will most likely be implemented by State government by Durga Puja.
The hiked salary will be implemented starting January 2016 but employees may not get the arrears at once. The arrears will be paid in installments over three years.
Meanwhile, Secretariat Seva Sangh has demanded fast implementation of the 7th Pay Commission. "We are in complete darkness about the implementation of the hiked pay. We are in touch with other government employee associations across the state and we will together protest if the 7th Pay Commission is not put to effect soon," said Sundermurty Beuria, vice president of the Sangh.
Implementing the hiked pay will increase the load on State government by Rs 5,500 crore. However, as per experts, the government is bound to put into effect the recommendations of the Commission. Firstly, the government would not want to disappoint the employees who are at present paid less compared to their counterparts in other states and at national level.
Also, some officers on deputation from Centre to Odisha are drawing less pay than before due to which there is some displeasure. The State government is also under pressure to waive farm loans before which it may implement the 7th Pay Commission and raise the salary of government employees first, said experts.