In August, Akhilesh Yadav formed a committee under retired IAS officer GB Patnaik to implement recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for state’s government employees. This would mean an average hike of 2.5% in the pay scale of the employees and an actual hike of 14% in the overall salary. A cabinet meeting on 13th December chaired by UPCM took this decision which changed the lives of 16.52 lakh government employees of the state and 10.50 lakh pensioners along with their families. The 7th Pay Commission was finally approved after a 3-hour long discussion.
“After the implementation of the recommendations, the minimum salary of any employee joining the Uttar Pradesh government would be Rs. 18,000 per month, which include class 4 employees, while the maximum would be lesser than Rs. 2.25 lakh, which is the salary of the state chief secretary, paid by the central government,” said a member of the committee. According to the decisions taken the employees would be given three assured career promotions at 10 years, 16 years, and 26 years of service.
“Lakhon lakh karamchariyon ko laabh milega. Hazaron crore ka bhaar aayega…Aane waale samay mein yahi log bahumat ki sarkar banayenge taaki inhe fayeda milta rahey (Lakhs of employees will benefit. The burden on the exchequer would be in thousands of crores. In the time to come, it is these people who will help form the government with complete majority so that they continue to get benefits),” said the chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, adding that the new pay scale will be applicable from January 1.
Other significant decisions taken by the Cabinet on Tuesday included:
- Giving the green signal to the ‘Samajwadi Beema Yojana’ under which those registered under the Samajwadi Pension Scheme would get a Rs 2 lakh insurance cover for critical illnesses.
- Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia will be given to parents of police personnel who died on duty. At present, Akhilesh government gives Rs. 20 lakh to the dependents, but due to lack of coordination between family members, parents are unable to get this benefit, because of which UPCM announced separate compensation for them.
- The Cabinet also approved four-laning of roads in Azamgarh, Allahabad, Firozabad and Pilibhit among others, along with a two-lane bypass in Bachhrawan area of Rae Bareli.