Chief minister Harish Rawat on Thursday urged over 500 odd state government employees not to make any further demand for hike in their salaries till the upcoming seventh pay commission’s recommendations come into force.
The plea came days after the state government agreed to pay serving policemen’s arrears of their salaries with effect from 2006, as per the sixth pay commission’ recommendations, to the tune of Rs 110 crore.
“The state government is passing through a critical phase of financial crisis owing to the Centre’s inability to continue funding eight major tourism-related central plans and change in funding pattern from 90:10 to 50:50 in most other central schemes, including MNREGA, multi-sect oral development programme for minorities, National Programme for Persons with Disabilities (NPPD), Backward Regions Grants Funds (BRGF) and National e-governance Plan(NEGP). Under the circumstances, we are left with no option but to wait till the seventh pay commission’s recommendations are implemented,” said Rawat.
Addressing a meeting of association for supervisors, field workers and women Aganwadi workers serving under centrally-sponsored Integrated Child Development Services Scheme(ICDS), at his Dehradun Cantonment residence, Rawat said the state government will have to arrange an additional amount of Rs 1200 crore from new income-generation resources like cluster farming, medicinal herbs farming and apple farming, to pay state government employee’s salaries during next financial year from April 2016 to 2017.