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FC flays 6th ROP Forum
Published on 4 May. 2010 1:45 AM IST
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Responding to a statement made by 6th ROP demand forum which appeared in local dailies on April 28, addl. C.S and finance commissioner, Toshi Aier has clarified that the state government has not issued any ban or order on loans for state government employees.
He said that the government has however, advised heads of departments (HoDs) not to guarantee or give undertaking for recovery of consumer loans taking into account “many cases” of outstanding loans in various banks availed by government servants. Stating that this was done to save the state government from possible legal complications and embarrassments in the event of default of such loans by government employees, Aier said that banks were otherwise at liberty to advance consumer loans to anyone including government servants.
Rebutting forum’s claim that the proposed enhancement of their salaries would not affect plan fund as they were drawing their salaries under non-plan, the finance commissioner said it was “unfounded and only bespeaks of their ignorance of government’s finances” as each deficit under non-plan directly affected the plan outlays. Regarding members of All India Services serving under the state, Aier clarified that they were governed by Central Acts and Rules and cannot be compared with the service conditions and pay scales of state government employees.
He pointed out that state government was following the central government’s norm of releasing new pay scales to its employees at an interval of 10 years, adding that “difference in timings” made it complicated to jump on central pay-wagon due to unavailability of corresponding resources.
The finance commissioner also said that state employees were being compensated for inflation with additional DA at an interval of every sixth months corresponding to the increase in all India price index.
On the question of central government’s offer of Rs.400 crore, advance plan assistance, the finance commissioner reiterated that future plan outlays could not be sacrificed just to pay enhanced salaries to state employees, even before the pay revision is normally due.
To forum’s claim that it was backed by as many as 61 registered service associations of government employees, Aier asked the forum to submit the copies of papers of registration, constitution and article of association to the government.

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