Sikkim's pay panel norms to be based on 6th CPC

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Gangtok, Aug 25 (UNI) The Fourth Pay Commission, constituted by the Sikkim government earlier this month, today said it would make the Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations (CPC) as its basis for working out the instructions and directions of the state.

''We have requested the Centre to send a copy of its Sixth Pay Commission report,'' former Sikkim High Court Chief Justice R K Patra told newspersons.

The two-member state pay commission, headed by Mr Patra, had been formed on August 18 to examine the pay structure of different state services and submit its final report with appropriate recommendations by March 31.

''We will keep every aspect in view and submit a report, keeping in mind the state's financial constraints,'' Mr Patra added.

The panel had been entrusted with the responsibility of examining the pay-scales of all the categories of state government employees and suggest changes.

It is the also first pay commission notified by any Northeastern state after the Centre announced the adoption of the Sixth Pay Commission.

However, with regard to the state government's directives to the commission for submitting its interim report by October, Mr Patra remained non-committal.

''Hopefully, we will be able to submit an interim report as we have not started the work yet. We will also have to wait for the Central Pay Commission report and data from the state government departments,'' he said.

The previous pay commission of the state had submitted its report in 1988, recommending a pay hike of 2.5 times.

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