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