New Delhi: The UPA Government has announced an average increase of 21% in salaries of over 50 lakh government employees with effect from 1 January, 2006, adopting the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.
“The wage hike would increase the financial implication for the Centre by Rs17,798 crore annually and the arrears with effect from January 2006 would cost Rs29,373 crore,” Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
The government increased the minimum entry level salary of a government employee to Rs7,000 against Rs6,660 recommended by the Commission headed by Justice B N Srikrishna who submitted the report in March this year.
Consequently, it would push up the total emoluments of an employee at the lowest level beyond Rs10,000 per month including allowances.
It also increased the rate of annual increment from 2.5% to 3%.
In the defence sector, it approved at least three assured promotions for all defence forces personnel and civilian employees under the modified Assured Career Progression scheme.
While civilians would get this after 10, 20 and 30 years of service, defence forces jawans would be promoted under ACP after 8, 16 and 24 years.
The hiked salary would be given to the employees beginning September this year and the arrears from January 2006 would be given in cash in two installments — 40% this fiscal and 60% in 2009-10.