Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Much to the delight of teachers in the state as well as centrally funded universities and colleges, the Central government has extended the benefits of the Seventh Pay Commission for the teaching faculty of central and state universities and other aided colleges. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, after the meeting said, "The move will benefit 7.58 lakh professors, assistant professors and others. The hike would be anywhere between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000."

Later, the Union Cabinet cleared revised pay scales for nearly eight lakh teachers and academic staff of higher educational institutions following the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission.

Sources said, the decision will benefit 7.58 lakh teachers and equivalent academic staff in the 106 universities and colleges which are funded by the UGC and the union HRD ministry and also 329 universities which are funded by state governments and 12,912 government and private aided colleges affiliated to state public universities.

"In addition, the revised pay package will cover teachers of 119 centrally funded technical institutions -- IITs, IISc, IIMs, IISERs, IIITs and NITIE," a statement stated after the meeting.

Javadekar told reporters that the approved pay scales would be applicable from January 1, 2016.

The annual central financial liability on account of this measure would be about Rs 9,800 crore, the minister added.

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"The implementation of the pay revision will enhance the teachers' pay in the range of Rs 10,400 and Rs 49,800 as against the extant entry pay due to the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission for the pay of teachers. This revision would register an entry pay growth in the range of 22 per cent to 28 per cent," the statement said.

For state government funded institutions, the revised pay scales will require adoption by the respective state governments.

The Centre will bear the additional burden of the states on account of revision of pay scales. The measures proposed in the revised pay structure are expected to improve quality of higher education and also attract and retain talent, Javadekar said.

Meanwhile, the meeting of the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) which was scheduled to be held on October 7 was postponed and now the matter is expected to be taken up any time before the end of this month.

The NAC is likely to decide on a proposal to hike the basic minimum pay for Central Government employees. However, no official date has been declared for the NAC meet.