The Tamil Nadu government Sunday announced huge increases in the salaries of its employees ranging between Rs.1,774 and Rs.7,300 per month.
The pay hike is expected to shoot up the government's annual expenditure by Rs.5,155.79 crore, while the initial cost would be around Rs.11,093 crore, an official statement said.
The state government late on Saturday evening approved the 6th Pay Commission recommendations for higher education teachers. The state cabinet gave its nod to the pay revision approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
According to the decision, state universities and degree colleges will have revised scales as per the rules and regulations of UGC. The benefit will be given with effect from January 1, 2006. The decision came following threat by teachers to launch an agitation, which would have disturbed the annual examinations due to start in all state universities in March.http://www.ugc.ac.in/images/logougc.gif
Teachers were agitated as the Election Commission is likely to issue notification for Lok Sabha elections on March 2, thereafter the government would have not been able to issue an order on pay hike, delaying the matter at least by 3-4 months. The fact was highlighted by the TOI on Saturday following which the government swung into action and the approval came in the evening.
The state government will have to bear only 20 per cent of the hike as UGC will pay 80 per cent of the amount. There are around 17,500 teachers in 12 state universities, 345 government-aided colleges and 125 government colleges in the state. Over 20 lakh students are enrolled in these institutions. “We welcome the move which has come at the right time,” said Moulindu Mishra, president, Lucknow University Associated Colleges Teachers’ Association.
On the basis of the recommendations of a special committee and the Sixth Pay Commission, the government has decided to hike salaries of its employees despite additional initial financial burden and increased annual expenditures, it said.
"The total payment will be paid in instalments between the current financial year and 2011," the statement added.
According to the statement, the salary increments will range between Rs.1,774 and Rs.7,300 per month from office assistant to deputy collector.
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