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Employees to get benefit of pay revision from this month: CM

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Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 17 (UNI) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said government employees and teachers would get the benefit of the Pay Commission Report from this month itself.

'The Election Commission, which had earlier asked the Government to defer from implementing the Pay Commission Report has today given its sanction for implementation. Moreover, the High Court has also set aside the EC direction to put on hold the implementation of pay revision till the end of the Assembly elections. Under these circumstances the Government has decided to implement the pay commission report from this month itself,' he said here.

The Government would see that the report was implemented adhering to EC norms and without additional variation, he said, adding that the government had many views in addition to the recommendations to be implemented. 'But with the EC insisting on implementing the report without any variations, let the next Government take steps in this regard,' Mr Chandy told reporters.

Accusing the Opposition of delaying the implementation of the report, he said if the opposition had cooperated with the government, then it could have been implemented earlier.

'The Opposition only had a lukewarm attitude towards the pay commission report and they only tried to blame the Government for its failure in implementing the report,' he said and added that the Opposition leader, who was asked to go along with Finance Minister Vakkom Purushotaman when the later met the EC, did not do so. It should also be noted that the Opposition leader at that time was in the National Capital, he said.

'The United Democratic Front Government could have refrained from implementing the report after the EC said so. But we wanted this to be implemented for the welfare of employees and we went ahead with our decision,' Mr Chandy said.

'We approached the EC to revise its stand and also even brought in a resolution in the Assembly regarding this,' he said and claimed that the Congress-led UDF Government in the State had implemented almost all the development programmes that it had brought in.

On the EC disallowing the Government from signing the final agreement for the ambitious Smart City IT joint venture with Dubai Internet City, he said it was a wrong decision.

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