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M’laya to raise funds for 4th Pay Commission
Published on 28 Jul. 2009 1:43 AM IST
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The Meghalaya government is putting all efforts to raise additional funds to implement the Fourth Pay Commission, Chief Minister D D Lapang said today. Mr Lapang and his cabinet colleagues had met Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and pleaded for Central grant of Rs 562 crore to implement the pay revision of the State government employees. The revision would cost the State exchequer an additional financial burden of over 560 crore for the 70,000 odd State government employees. ''We held talks with the Finance Minister and made our submission,'' Mr Lapang said. He, however, evaded a direct reply when asked if the state government would get the pay hike. But Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Finance Dr Mukul M Sangma said '' Money does not grow on trees''. Meghalaya is reeling under severe financial crunch. The state budget projected a deficit of Rs 400 crore during this fiscal. ''If we do not implement the pay revision we would be able to present a surplus budget,'' Mr Sangma said. According to UNI report, the Finance Minister, however, added that an empowered committee would discuss the recommendations of the fourth pay commission and give its report to the government soon. Meanwhile, the Meghalaya State Government Employees Federation (MSGEF) in a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister earlier demanded immediate revision of the pay scale and pension benefits. The employees are demanding a hike of 3.3 per cent on their basic pay. Moreover, pay revision must be undertaken retrospectively from January 1 2006, the MSGEF demanded.

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