U'khand Govt implements recommendations of 6th Pay Comm

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Dehra Dun, Oct 15 (UNI) Government employees of Uttarakhand ill be entitled to receive a hike of 25 per cent in salary from September 1, 2008 in accordance with the implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

The Uttarakhand Government presently has 1,63,000 employees and pensioners who stand to benefit from the implementation of the report, recommending a 25 per cent hike in salary forgovernment employees and 40 per cent hike to pensioners.

Announcing this after a cabinet meeting here, State Chief Minister Maj Gen (retd) B C Khanduri said the pay revision would be in effect from 1st January, 2006 and arrears would e paid in two installments - 40 per cent till August 31 this year and 60 per cent in the next financial year.

In the first year itself, payments to government employees and pensioners would put a burden of Rs 1900 crore on the state's exchequer while the new fiscal year would put a burden of Rs 3100 crore.

The Uttarakhand Government had constituted a two-member committee headed by former Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Secretary Sushil Kumar Tripathy and Finance Secretary Radha Raturi to implement the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

Chief Minister Khanduri also informed that a Cabinet Sub-Committee under the chairmanship of Health Minister Ramesh Pohkriyal 'Nishank' would be constituted to consider recommendations for other allowances and benefits.

The committee's recommendations would revolve around three main areas, how to increase the state government's income, how to effectively cut down on costs and to better restructure government organisations of the state.

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