Bhubaneswar: In what could come as good news for retired teachers and employees of all aided schools and colleges, the Odisha government has decided to release pension arrears.
According to sources, Finance Minister Shashibhushan Behera today approved a proposal of the Finance department to release pension arrears for the period January 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
Earlier this year in March, Odisha government had decided to clear arrears of government employees pending from January 1, 2016 on account of retrospective implementation of 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations.
While the state government had decided to clear 100 percent arrears of pensioners, other employees received 40 per cent of their arrears.
Moreover, on March 1, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered for a revision of salary of employees of State PSUs as per the recommendations of the pay panel. Besides, he had also announced a hike in remuneration of contractual employees by about 25 per cent.