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M’laya cabinet approves pay panel
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Dec. 2008 1:52 AM IST
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Meghalaya government has decided to provide an interim relief to all government employee after the Cabinet approved the recommendation of the Fourth Pay Commission. Chairman of the 4th Pay Commission, KK Sinha submitted his report to Chief Minister Donkupar Roy yesterday. Meghalaya Finance Minister Conrad K Sangma said government employees would be given an interim relief of 10 per cent of their total basic pay including Dearness Allowance (DA) subject to a minimum of Rs 400 per month with effect from December this year. The government would have an additional financial burden of Rs 7.2 crore per month, he told reporters after the cabinet meeting. Principal Secretary in-charge Finance BK Dev Verma said the interim relief had been decided by the State Cabinet pending full implementation of the recommendations of the pay panel. "Full implementation of recommendations of the pay commission will take some more time. The interim relief will be of some help to the employees," Verma said. Meanwhile, the Cabinet also decided to provide post retirement social security benefits to deficit college teachers and non- teaching staff in the State. A total of 296 college lecturers and 105 non-teaching staff will be covered under this scheme with retrospective effect from January 1 2006. Sangma said a corpus fund would be formed with equal contribution from both the teachers and the government. "The corpus fund would be managed by a government constituted trust under the social security scheme," he said. The Finance Minister, however, said the funds to the trust under the Post Retirement Social Security Scheme for both teaching and non-teaching staff of all deficit colleges would be equally shared by the State Government and the employees. The State Government and the employees are to contribute 10 per cent fund each to the trust every month. "The trust will be headed by the Education Commissioner and Secretary," Sangma added. "The State Government would also contribute Rs 1 crore to the trust as one-time contribution. With this, the government would not have to pump in similar contributions till 2023," he said.

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