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The labour unions have criticised the Goa government for allegedly leaving out a crucial segment of employees from availing benefits of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had recently announced that the 7th pay commission recommendations would be implemented in the state from January 1, 2017.
The Goa State CommitteeofAllIndia TradeUnion Congress and Co-ordination Committee ofGoa Government Employees (CO-CO-GCOE) said the state government has left out a crucial segment of employees working for government corporations, autonomous bodies, municipalities, panchayats, societies and other public sector undertakings.
"This decisionof the governmentistotally unfair and improper. The governmentmust know that recommendations of the earlier paycommissionhave been extended to these employees fromtime-to-timeand suddenly to drawa line of discrimination between the governmentemployeesand these employees isbias andprejudicial," a joint statement released today by AITUC and CO-CO-GGOE said.
"The employees havea right on the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendationsasthe present salary is whollyinadequateconsideringthe inflationridden economy when the price of essentialcommodities, fuel, petrol, LPG cylinders,health care, transport, educationhave gone beyond the reachofsalariedandworking people," it said.
"All India TradeUnion Congress (AITUC) and Co-ordination Committee of Goa Government Employees calls upon the Governmentof Goatoreviewof itsdecision and demands immediate implementation of7th Pay Commission Recommendations to all theemployeesof various government corporation, autonomous bodies,municipalities, panchayats, societiesand other publicsector undertakingswith retrospective effect," it added.
The state cabinet had on Friday given its approval to the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, which will be implemented from January 1, 2017.
Parsekar had said that over 55,447 government employees will be covered under the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission, which will increase their salary by 16 per cent.
"Another 45,002 pensioners and their families will benefit from the pay scale," he hadsaid.
Parsekar said the state's salary liability will increase from Rs 47 crore to Rs 70 crore annually with the implementation of 7th Pay Commission.
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