Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on March 22 announced 30 per cent hike in basic pay for all government employees, constituting nearly 9,17,797, including outsourcing and contract workers. The proposed salary increment will be in effect from April 1.
The decision comes following the recommendations of the 11th pay revision commission (PRC) headed by retired IAS officer C R Biswal. The earlier pay revision for the employees was proposed in 2014 soon after the formation of Telangana when the government gave a historic 43 per cent pay revision its employees.
Citing COVID-19 pandemic behind the delay in the implementation of pay revision, KCR said that the government decided to implement this pay revision to the best possible extent, as the financial position of the state is gradually limping back to normal.
The announced salary increases will be applicable to all the government employees, grant-in-aid employees, work-charged employees, daily wages employees, full- time contingent employees, part-time contingent employees, pensioners among others.
The three-member commission of the retired IAS officers, comprising CR Biswal as chairman, C Umamaheswara Rao and Mohammed Ali Rafath as members, was constituted by the Telangana government back in May 2018.
The CR Biswal committee submitted its report on December 31, 2020 to chief secretary Somesh Kumar after the PRC ‘bonanza’ announcement by the state CM Mr Rao. The commission recommended a fitment of 7.5 per cent on basic pay, which came as a rude shock to employees who thought it to be a meager pay hike after a wait of over 30 months. Several employee unions were unpleased and took their anger to the streets.
Meanwhile, the retirement age was also announced to increase from existing 58 years to 61 years. The enhancement in superannuation age was an assurance given in the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) manifesto in December 2018.
“With an aim to utilize the services of experienced employees, I announce the enhancement of retirement age limit and this decision will come into effect immediately,” KCR said in the assembly.
The CM also announced increase in the retirement gratuity to be paid to all the employees from the present Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh. “Similarly, the government has decided to reduce the age of eligibility for the retired employees from 75 to 70 years for the payment of additional quantum of pension of 15 per cent,” he said.