Gangtok, 11 Sept:
The State Government has capitulated on its decision to pay arrears to government employees from 01 Jan, 2017 and has now decided to shift the date to 01 Jan, 2016. It was also decided that advance arrears will be paid during the forthcoming Dasain festival.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling made the announcement on his Facebook page today wherein he informed about a meeting that had taken place today at Samman Bhawan with the representatives of Group C& D government employees.
“Over the last few months, I have come to understand that some of our State Government employees, specially the Group C&D are expressing their unhappiness regarding the Pay Committee recommendations. It must be remembered that as the Chief Minister, I take it as my responsibility to look after the needs and welfare of our employees, whom I consider the pillar of State administration as well as my partners in State-building. I therefore, felt it pertinent to hold deliberations so as to provide the best possible pay package to them,” he wrote.
Another decision taken during the meeting was the formation of a Sub-Committee to examine and sort out the anomalies (if any) in the Pay Committee recommendations.
It was also decided that arrears will be paid at the following rate: i) Group A employees- Rs. 1.05 lakhs, ii) Group B employees - Rs. 95,000, iii) Group C employees - Rs. 50,000, Group D employees - Rs. 40,000,
The government has also decided to resume the practice of second Saturdays as official holiday.
However, as notified earlier, the allowances will be payable from 1st September 2018 and arrears will be disbursed in three annual installments as recommended by the Pay Committee.
Earlier, the then Pay Revision Committee chairperson, Rinchen Ongmu Thakarpa, had recommended implementation of arrears from 01 Jan, 2017 instead of 01 Jan, 2016 which was accepted by the Government in the month of June earlier this year.
Addressing the government employees, Mr Chamling has said that changing the date for payment of arrears alone has set the State back by Rs 354 crore - a huge amount of fund which could have been used for developmental projects, adding that the State Government has gone out of its way in ensuring that the hopes and aspirations of government employees are fulfilled.
The CM goes on to remind government employees “that they do not contribute directly to the State as they draw their salaries from the State Ex-Chequer. Since they enjoy the benefit of Income Tax exemption, they have a huge advantage financially compared to their counterparts in other states and even in the Central Government departments.”
Further stating that the government has done the best possible for the employees and will continue doing so, the CM has said that the onus now lies on each and every State Government employee to perform his/her duties with more dedication, sincerity and honesty and transform themselves to be most disciplined and able work force of the country.