Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): The salaries of employees working under the Mizoram government are estimated to hike by 18 percent after the implementation of the recommendation of 7th central pay commission, official sources said on Tuesday.
The Mizoram Pay Implementation Committee, constituted by the state government in 2017 to study the feasibility of the implementation of the Centralpay commission’s recommendations, has submitted its reports and recommendations to state finance minister Lalsawta on Monday.
The four-member committee headed by the former finance minister and the current vice chairman of the State Planning Board H Liansailova recommended implementation of the 7th pay commission in the state with effect from first July this year.
As per the recommendation of the pay committee, the salaries of state employees are estimated to hike by 18 percent and the state government would incur an additional expenditure to the tune of Rs 67.77 crore monthly including 44.07 crores for regular employees when the seventh central pay commission’s recommendation is implemented, H. Liansailova said.
He said that the committee had been working hard to study the pay structure and convened a meeting on at least 7 occasions during the process.
Liansailova also said that the tax revenue of the state government has drastically declined by 55 percent after the implementation of Good and Services Tax (GST) since July last year.
“We have made recommendations to the state government keeping in mind the revenue and financial position of the state. The recommendations were made after we thought, they can be implemented by the state government,” he said, adding that the committee also studies about the implementation of the central pay commission’s recommendation in other states like Odhisa, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Assam, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
Finance minister Lalsawta said that the pay committee’s report would be submitted to the state government for further scrutiny and would be placed before the state Cabinet for final approval.
He, however, appealed to all traders and vendors not to hike prices of commodities due to the implementation of the 7th pay commission’s recommendation.
Lalsawta, had earlier in March, informed the state legislature that the state government intended to implement the seventh central pay commission’s recommendation during the fiscal 2018-19
The four-member Mizoram Pay Implementation Committee, 2017 was constituted on November 13 last year. Headed by H. Liansailova, other members of the committee include the minister of state (MoS) for agriculture KS Thanga, former finance secretary Lalthansanga and taxation commissioner Vanlalchhuanga was made member secretary. The committee was told to submit its reports and recommendations within six months.