State govt staff to wait 45 days more for pay hike

Bhubaneswar: The state government employees and pensioners will have to wait for some more days to get a salary hike as the fitment committee formed to fix modalities for implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations today sought more 45 days to submit its final report.

Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, who is heading the panel, said that the Committee is trying to build consensus so that all discrepancies can be avoided in implementing the recommendations.

“Few more points left out, where we want some more information from the departments. We will take a little more time. As I told you we don’t want to leave any issues that can be sorted out. It’s not necessary that we will submit the report after 45 days. We may submit it before that”, Balkrishnan told newsmen after a meeting at State Secretariat.

The state government constituted a six-member committee led by Balakrishnan in October to discuss with various stakeholders and recommend modalities for execution of the Pay Commission report.

The panel was first directed to submit its report within four months (by February 28). Since it failed to meet the deadline, a period of two more months was granted for submission.

The Centre has already implemented the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016 following which the State had declared to implement the same in lines of central government.