Bhubaneswar, August 29: Odisha plans to implement 7th Pay Commission as Odisha witnessed unrest due to insufficient amounts of salaries given to employees, Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera expressed that the State government was reviewing the report of the Fitment Committee and would as soon as possible implement recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for its employees and pensioners.
Implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations would benefit about 4 lakh employees and about 3 lakh pensioners.“The State government has a positive outlook on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The government is reviewing the report given by the Fitment Committee to ensure that there are no irregularities. A decision in this regard will be taken as soon as possible,” informed Minister Behera.
“Budgeting has been done accordingly keeping in mind recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Fitment Committee has also submitted its report. The Finance Minister has briefed the media on that account. I cannot tell anything beyond this,” said Finance Secretary Tuhin Kant Pande commenting on the preparedness of the State government to meet the financial burden on the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
State government employees are hopeful of the government implementing the revised pay scales ahead of Durga puja. “It’s high time since Duserra and Diwali are in the offing we will certainly expect the government to implement the new pay scales before the festive season,” said Krushna Prasad Mohapatra, an employee of the State government.