Akhilesh Yadav's pre-poll sops to 22 lakh govt staff
Speaking to media, Akhilesh said the recommendations will be implemented from January 17, adding that the decision is taken in the interest of the people.
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday announced implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations for government staff ahead of Assembly elections in the state.
The state government’s decision will benefit over 22 lakh state government employees and pensioners to get a rise of 15-20% in their income. Speaking to media, Akhilesh said the recommendations will be implemented from January 17, adding that the decision is taken in the interest of the people.
The state cabinet has already approved the decision, said sources. Meanwhile, Akhilesh criticised the Centre for its demonetisation drive and alleged that the country may not recover from effects in near future.
“People who were asking for 50 days, are now asking for 50 more days. This problem (cash crunch) will not end in 50 days. It will take at least one year for the situation to normalise,” Akhilesh was reported as saying to Indian Express.
He warned that all those standing in queues in front of ATM’s would cause heavy losses for BJP in upcoming elections in all states.
Asked about chances of his party forging any alliance for upcoming elections in UP, he clarified “Though we are going to form a majority government, our number will reach over 300 if some party joins us in an alliance.”
If the UP government decides to implement 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the entry level salary of government staff will be around Rs 2.25 lakh.
The Goa government has already given nod for the implementations of the recommendations in the state from January 1, 2017.
The Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said more than 55,447 government employees will see an increase of 6 per cent in their salaries and “over 25,002 pensioners and their families will benefit from the pay scale.”
The sate government now have to incur an additional burden of Rs 23 crores making its expenditure on salaries to Rs 70 crore annually, added the chief minister.