6th Pay Commission recommends 30% hike in salaries of state govt employees

Providing relief to 5.2 lakh state government employees and 5.73 lakh pensioners, the 6th Pay Commission has suggested a hike of about 30% in salaries. The additional expenditure to the state government due to revision of pay, allowances and pensions, as recommended by the commission, is estimated to be ₹10,508 crore per year.

The commission’s report was submitted to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday by chairperson and former IAS officer M.R. Srinivasmurthy.

As per the report, the minimum pay under the revised pay scale will be ₹17,000 and maximum is pegged at ₹1.5 lakh, plus allowances. After the revision, the minimum pension will be ₹8,500 per month, while the maximum will be ₹75,300 per month, plus Dearness Allowance (DA). The family pension will have an upper limit of ₹45,180 per month, plus DA.

The revised pay and pensions will be effective from July 1, 2017. A note from the Chief Minister’s office said that the commission’s recommendation will benefit about 73,000 employees of aided institutions, local bodies and non-teaching staff of colleges and universities in the state.

While the commission has recommended the continuation of the present age of retirement of government employees at 60 years, it, however, has recommended that the minimum qualifying service for voluntary retirement is reduced from the present 15 years to 10 years. Similarly, the eligibility of receiving full pension be reduced from the present 33 years to 30 years, as per its recommendation.

The commission has been working on preparing the report since June 2017, after it was announced in 2017-2018 Budget by Mr. Siddaramaiah, who holds the finance portfolio.

Besides Mr. Srinivasmurthy, the commission has former IAS officer Mohammed Sanaullah and former Controller of State Accounts Department R.S. Phonde as its members.

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