Pay Commission for MP Govt employees

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Bhopal, Feb 27 (UNI) The State Pay Commission, constituted to look into the pay structure, allowances and other benefits to the government employees, will submit its report by December 31, 2008, Finance Minister Raghavji told the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly today.

Presenting the state's 2008-09 budget, Mr Raghavji said the state would grant additional dearness allowance whenever it was raised by the Centre during 2008-09. He also announced four per cent increase in Dearness Allowance to employees from April, 2008 and said the difference of five per cent DA would be bridged soon.

Dearness relief to pensioners would also be increased.

During the BJP rule, total emoluments to the employees had increased by 60 per cent, he claimed.

Process of compassionate appointment had been simplified, Mr Raghavji said.

He also announced hike in the pay of contract and part-time employees with the pay of compounder and female workers of Ayurveda dispensaries being raised to Rs 3000, for dispensary servant Rs 2500, part-time clerk in schools Rs 1500, part-time peons Rs 1200 and parttime sweepers Rs 500.

Panchayat Secretaries completing three years satisfactory service will be given regular pay-scale, while Kotwars not holding land would be given remuneration of Rs 2000 per month. Honorarium for Aanganwadi workers and Assistants would be raised to Rs 2000 and Rs 1000 respectively, while Home Guard jawans would get increased honorarium and meal allowance of Rs 10 each per day.

Targetting government employees, professional tax had been rationalised with those in income slab upto Rs 1.20 lakh being exempted from it. Tax reduced from Rs 1500 to Rs 1000 for those in the Rs 1.20 lakh - Rs 1.50 lakh slab and from Rs 2500 to Rs 1500 to those in Rs 1.50 lakh- Rs 1.80 lakh slab.

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