GUWAHATI, March 18 - The State Cabinet has decided to constitute an anomaly committee to address the pay-related grievances of the State Government employees that may arise after the implementation of the recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission.
This was informed by State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while speaking to media persons this afternoon.
The minister also released the Assam Services (Revision of Pay) Rules, 2017 which would facilitate the employees of all grades to view their revised pay structure at the click of the mouse (www.finance.assam.gov.in).
�The Cabinet has authorized the finance department to constitute the committee and depending upon the number of grievances, we will constitute the committee by first week of the next month before which the employees with any grievance can file their petition,� he said.
Stating that this was the first time when the recommendations of a pay commission have been implemented in time, Sarma further informed that pensioners henceforth will be categorized into two slabs.
�While the pensioners aged between 60 and 80 years would be put in one slab, those exceeding 80 years of age would be entitled for an additional pension amount which would be equivalent to nearly 20 per cent of the basic pay,� the minister said.
�In case of the death of a government employee in harness, the family member would now be entitled to full pension till 67 years or 10 years whichever is earlier. After attainment of 67 years, the family member will receive only the family pension amount,� Sarma said.
�For the new State Government recruits, the State Cabinet has decided to give 100 per cent pay even during the probation period, although the Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that those under probation period should be given only 50 per cent of the total pay,� the minister pointed out.
Further, the State Cabinet has also decided to opt for centralized recruitment of Grade III employees to ensure pay parity among them.
He informed that as per the recommendations that have been accepted, the State Government will have to bear the financial burden of Rs 3,087 crore for the payment of the arrear from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
�The arrear payment will be made in two instalments. While the first instalment of nearly Rs 1,500 crore will be released before April 14 this year, the remaining payment would be made by the year-end,� the minister said.
�From the next year, the State exchequer will have to bear an additional financial burden of Rs 3,100 crore annually for regular payment of salary which would increase progressively due to the addition of dearness allowance in the subsequent days,� the minister added.