The Tamil Nadu Cabinet has approved the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations to benefit the state government employees and teachers.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting in Chennai on 11 October 2017 after receiving a report from a high-level committee led by State Finance Department Principal Secretary K Shanmugam over the implementation of the pay panel report. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy.
The implementation of 7th Pay Commission in the state is set to benefit more than 10 lakh staff and teachers apart from pensioners and those receiving family pension.
The decision will result in the following changes:
• The minimum basic pay for Tamil Nadu government staff and teachers will now see a rise from Rs 6100 to Rs 15700.
• The basic pay will be capped at Rs 2, 25,000, an increase by an amount of Rs 1, 48,000.
• Overall, salaries of the state government employees and teachers will reportedly increase by 20 per cent.
• The decision is reportedly going to cost around Rs 15000 Cr annually to the state exchequer.
This decision was welcomed by State employee associations.
Government employees in Tamil Nadu had been staging agitations over demands of interim relief till the recommendations under the 7th Pay Commission come into effect.
The Madras High Court had even ordered a stay on the protests, saying that it violated service rules.