With assembly elections right around the corner, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav approved the recommendations of the seventh pay commission on 13 December 2016.
The decision is expected to benefit around 24 lakh government employees and pensioners, who will see a 15-20% hike in their income. The hike will be effective starting January 2017.
Yadav in his announcement stated that though the decision will put a heavy burden on the state exchequer, it was taken to benefit lakhs of government employees and these people will then help him form the government again with a complete majority so that they continue to get the benefits. He also added that the upcoming UP Assembly election will be historic.
A report recommending the same decision was submitted to the Uttar Pradesh CM earlier by a committee constituted by the state government. The committee was headed by retired IAS officer GB Patnaik.
• The minimum salary of any employee joining the UP government will henceforth be Rs 18000 per month.
• The maximum salary would be lesser than 2.25 Lakh, which is the salary of the State Chief Secretary.
• The employees would be assured at least three career promotions after 10 years, 16 years and 26 years of service.
Apart from this, the Cabinet also gave its nod to the ‘Samajwadi Beema Yojana’ with which those registered under the Party’s Pension Scheme would get an insurance cover of about Rs 2 lakh for critical illness. It also gave a go ahead to the proposal to provide separate compensation amounting to about Rs 5 lakh to parents of police personnel who died on duty.