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Recommendations of fifth pay panel likely by July

SHILLONG: The fifth state pay commission may give its recommendations to revise the pay and other allowances of the State Government employees by July.
An official source said on Monday that though the deadline to complete the task is one year after the pay panel was notified in August last year, the pay commission may submit its recommendations by July.
The source also added that there will be hearings by the commission shortly to know the grievances of the federation of employees and others who had submitted their memorandum regarding the pay hike.
The commission is on right track as the panel had already held several meetings and also called for records from the State Government.
The pay commission consists of former chief secretary P.J Bazeley as its chairman with two members, former NEC secretary Uttam K. Sangma and former Education official Lambha Roy.
The last revision of pay took effect from January 1, 2007, with the cabinet approving an overall pay hike of 32 per cent for all its employees.
There are more than 90,000 government employees, including teachers of deficit schools and colleges, and the number of pensioners  is over 20,000.
Sources said the suggestion of the cabinet was to increase the pay either by 20 per cent, 22 per cent or 25 per cent, which will be examined by the fifth pay commission.
The fifth pay commission may also look into the Seventh Central Pay Commission that had recommended 23 per cent hike in salaries of central government employees.
An additional expenditure of Rs 100 crore will be incurred per month by the State Government, which at present spends Rs 400 crore per month, if the fifth pay panel recommends hike in the salary by 25 per cent.

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