Punjab’s 6th Pay Commission Moots Major Bonanza for All Govt Employees W.e.f January 1, 2016
Average 20% Hike on Cards in Salaries & Pensions, With Salary Increment Around 2.59 Times
Recommends Minimum Pay Increase to Rs 18000/month, Considerable Hike in Major Allowances
CM Directs Finance Dept to Study Report and Bring it to Cabinet This Month
Chandigarh, May 4:
In a major bonanza for government employees, the 6th Pay Commission of the Punjab Government has recommended an over 2-fold increase in salaries of all employees, with increase in minimum pay from Rs 6950 to Rs 18000 per month, with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.
The Commission has suggested major hikes in salary and other major benefits, and also substantial increase in allowances for government employees. The average increment in salaries and pensions of employees is expected in the range of 20%, with salaries in for a 2.59 times increase over the 5th Pay Commission recommendations. All major allowances are proposed to be revised upward, translating into 1.5X to 2X increase, with rationalisation in certain allowances, as per the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission.
The report, which was submitted to Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh recently, has been sent to the Finance Department for detailed study and directions for placing it before the Cabinet this month for further action. The report, as per government’s commitment in the Vidhan Sabha, is to be implemented from July 1 this year.
Incidentally, the report comes at a time when the state’s economy is already deeply stressed and the financial situation is precarious, amid Coivd, with taxes not going up and even GST compensation slated to end from next year. The Finance Department will examine the various implications before submitting the report to the Cabinet for further action