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7th Pay panel: Fitment Committee strats talks with employees’ bodies

Bhubaneswar, Nov 18: The Fitment Committee constituted by the Odisha Government for preparing modalities for implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations for its employees and pensioners on Friday started holding discussion with different recognised Government employees’ associations here at the State Guest House.

The committee will hear around 120 associations till November 23 in six working days. As per the reports, the committee will hold discussions with 20 associations daily.

“The Fitment Committee will analyse the suggestions, demands and representations of different associations after completion of the process. Accordingly, it will submit its report to the State Government,” said committee head and Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan.

The other members of the committee are Home Department Principal Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy, Forests and Environment Department Principal Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Finance Department Principal Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Special Secretary in Finance Department AKK Meena and officer on special duty-cum-Special Secretary in Finance Department AK Mishra.
The committee will submit its report in four months.

The Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice AK Mathur had recommended a 23.55 per cent overall hike in pay, allowances and pension for Central Government employees with effect from January 1 this year.

In Odisha the implementation of panel will cost the exchequer about Rs 5,500 crore annually against the present expense of Rs 29,836 crore.

The employees are demanding hike in grade pay, allowances. 

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