Governer E.S.L.Narasimhan on Friday referred the Tenth Pay Revision Commission to both Telangana and Andhara Pradesh governments. He also directed them to place the report before the respective chief ministers so that an early decision may be taken on this issues.
The Pay Revision Commission by P.K. Agarwal has submitted its report to Governor in last month, before sate bifurcation. The committee was constituted by the earlier government led by the then Chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy last year. Government employees in both the states will get revised pay scales with considerable hike, if this report is implemented.
While the employees associations demanded an hike of 45 per cent over basic pay, the committee is learnt to how recommended an hike of nearly 34 per cent. The chief ministers of both the state have to take a final decision on the amount of the hike in their respective states.
The PK Agarwal has recommended a 29 to 32 per cent hike in salaries of state government employees. If accepted by AP and Telangana governments, more than 10 lakh government employees will be benefited from hike. The PK Agarwal commission is learnt to have recommended two year maximum maternity leave(Child Care Leave) for women employees. Citing central government rules on the issue, the commission pointed that it is high time the state government too implemented the rule. The PRC also recommended a hike in minimum salary from Rs.6700 to Rs.13000 for contract and outsourcing employees.
PK Agarwal submitted the 2,000 page PRC report to Governor Narasimhan on June 1 as his tenure came to end on May 30. Since there was no elected government in both states, the Governor on Friday forwarded the recommendations to the two state governments for necessary action.
However, the hike is expected to pose a several financial threat to both the cash-strapped governments due to limited financial resources on account of bifurcation of state. It will be more difficult for Andhra Pradesh government which started off with a deficit of nearly Rs.20,000 crore though situation is somewhat better for Telengana government with a surplus budget of nearly Rs.7,000 crore. So, It is now for the respective governments to take a decision on them. It means Pay hike lies in two Chief Minister’s court.
Source : Paper News( Times of India and DC)