Bhubaneswar: Odisha Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera today expressed that the State government was reviewing the report of the Fitment Committee and would as soon as possible implement recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for its employees and pensioners.
“The State government has a positive outlook on the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The government is reviewing the report given by the Fitment Committee to ensure that there are no anomalies. A decision in this regard will be taken as soon as possible,” informed Behera talking to reporters here today.
“Budgeting has been done accordingly keeping in mind recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Fitment Committee has also submitted its report. The Finance Minister has briefed the media on that account. I cannot tell anything beyond this,” said Finance Secretary Tuhin Kant Pande commenting on the preparedness of the State government to meet the financial burden on the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.
State government employees are hopeful of the government implementing the revised pay scales ahead of Durga puja.
“It’s high time since Duserra and Diwali are in the offing we will certainly expect the government to implement the new pay scales before the festive season,” said Krushna Prasad Mohapatra, an employee of the State government.
Notably, the State government in its budget this year has made a provision of Rs 47,466 crore towards administrative expenditure, out of which Rs 22,000 crore has been provisioned for payment of salaries to employees and Rs 11,313 crore towards payment of pension.
Implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations would benefit about 4 lakh employees and about 3 lakh pensioners.