New Delhi, Feb 19: Announcing a slew of welfare measures for the government employees, school and college teachers Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday said that the new pay commission would consider demand for change in pay scale of the government employees.
The measures included hike in pension schemes and promotion for the government employees.
"These demands could be considered only by taking into consideration the hierarchy and parity. So only the pay commission will consider these demands," Jayalalithaa was quoted as saying in the daily.
Jobs under compassionate grounds would be regularised through a common government order to avoid delay, Jayalalithaa said.
Those appointed under compassionate grounds could get employment benefits like increment only after regularisation. For posts that need relaxation in norms, nod of TNPSC would be obtained and government orders would be issued relaxing norms, she said.
Till such time TNPSC approval is received, such employees would be treated as temporary government employees and they would be given annual increment.
The pension for retired nutritious meal employees would be increased to Rs 1,500 from the present Rs 1000 benefiting 86,873 employees and it would cost an additional Rs 51.13 crore for the government.
Similarly, cash benefits would be increased to Rs 60,000 from the present Rs 50,000 for nutritious meal workers. Also, cash benefits for chef and cooking assistants would also be increased to Rs 25,000 from Rs 20,000, she said.
She also announced relaxation in service norms covering eligibility for promotion. In the Rural Development Department, eligibility for supervisors for getting promoted to the post of Junior Engineer would now be reduced to seven years from ten years, she said.
A total of 157 associate professors serving in Government Medical College Hospitals would be promoted as professors. Bringing 1,500 nurses under time-scale of pay, promotion for 605 village sanitary nurses, hike of Rs 5000 in honorarium for guest lecturers --from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month, setting up an administrative tribunal were among other announcements, she made.
On representations related to pay, issues like bringing those under consolidated pay into the time-scale bracket and parity will be examined by the pay commission, she said.
"I believe that the new announcements will pave the way for government employees work with a new vigour," she said. Legislators, including CK Thamizharasan (RPI) and Jawahirullah (Manithaneya Makkal Katchi), praised and welcomed the new announcements.
(With inputs from agencies)