7TH PAY PANEL: STATE’S AN­NUAL EX­PENSE MAY GO UP BY `10,000CR

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NEW DELHI: The pay panel has spo­ken. Over to the states. That is, once the panel’s re­port is ac­cepted by the Union gov­ern­ment.

The Sev­enth Cen­tral Pay Com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tions, even if im­ple­mented, are not bind­ing on the states. How­ever, his­tor­i­cally they have cho­sen to go along, of­ten hop­ing that the fi­nance com­mis­sion, the ar­biter in di­vid­ing re­sources be­tween Cen­tre and states, will in­crease the states’ share.

Some states had al­ready broached a higher share for them while send­ing their in­puts to the com­mis­sion. Now that the re­port is out, Ma­ha­rash­tra an­tic­i­pates its an­nual salary bill to rise by Rs10,000 crore if it em­braces the sev­enth pay panel’s rec­om­men­da­tions. It had im­ple­mented the rec­om­men­da­tions of the pre­vi­ous pay com­mis­sion, the 6th. But im­ple­ment­ing the lat­est re­port will take a toll, since the state gov­ern­ment has a debt of more than Rs3 lakh crore.

The West Ben­gal gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a new pay com­mis­sion for its employees.

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