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Gujarat announces 63-124% hike for fixed-pay staff

Our Bureau Ahmedabad | Updated on January 27, 2018 Published on January 18, 2017

Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel

Over 1.18 lakh govt staff to benefit

The Gujarat government has announced a steep salary hike, ranging between 63 and 124 per cent, for its employees in the fixed-pay category under the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.

The new salary structure, effective February 1, will cost the state exchequer ₹1,300 crore.

Beneficiaries

The move, which followed the Supreme Court’s harsh remarks about the state government’s fixed-pay policy, will benefit over 1,18,700 State government employees in different cadres.

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel announced the decision, terming it a step directed at the well-being of the youth and government employees.

The salaries of officials having similar cadre that of deputy education officer, deputy mamlatdar, office superintendent will get the highest raise of 124 per cent in monthly salaries, which will now be ₹38,090.

The employees in the cadre that of staff nurse, deputy accountant are given 90 per cent hike with their salary touching ₹31,340, followed by 73 per cent hike for the employees in the cadre of talati, peons, office assistant, vidya sahayak, police constable etc. Their salary will increase to ₹19,950.

The lower cadre of the government employees are given 63 per cent hike with revised salary touching ₹16,224.

The fixed-pay employees have been demanding salary increase and other benefits under the state appointments.

‘Demands met’

“The government has accepted most of the demands of the fixed-pay employees, including considering them on regular job from first day of their joining rather than the current practice of five-year compulsory fixed-pay job. Also, the government has decided to provide them benefits such as house rent allowance (HRA), transport allowance etc,” Patel said.

When Narendra Modi was Chief Minister, the government came out with the fixed-pay recruitment policy, where employees in the various positions in police, education, revenue departments and clerical positions were recruited through state public service commissions on fixed pay for five years.

The policy was widely criticised by the employees and termed as exploitation of the workers.

Published on January 18, 2017

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