In happy news for Telangana government employees, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has raised the retirement age from 58 to 61.
The chief minister also announced a 30 percent salary review for state employees.
While the salary review would apply from April 1, 2021, the change in the retirement age would come into effect immediately. The goal is to use the services of experienced employees, CM said. Raising the retirement age is a promise in the TRS election manifesto.
Making the announcement to the state assembly on Monday, Rao said the 11th salary review had been delayed due to the budget deficit caused by Covid-19.
âAlthough the state is going through a severe financial crisis, it has been decided to pay employees the 12-month arrears associated with the salary review,â Rao said, adding that the arrears would be paid with pension benefits.
In addition to the salary review for employees and teachers, CM Rao said that the salaries of contract workers, outsourcing, Home Guards, Anganwadi-Asha workers, SERP, Vidya volunteers, KGBV , employees of Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan, machines at the village level, grant aid, the daily wage and other employees – totaling more than 9.17 lakh, would be increased.
Employee unions who were previously agitated by the 7.5 percent review suggested by the CR Biswal panel expressed their gratitude to the CM for the windfall.
Also in 2014, the Rao government revised the 10th salary commission scale and provided an adjustment of 43%.
In view of the Nagarjuna Sagar assembly by-election on April 17, Monday’s announcement was made after clearance from India’s Election Commission.
âThe government has taken a broader vision to address employee and teacher issues. We now expect employees to react accordingly and to devote themselves more to the performance of their duties and to work with full commitment in the public service without any interruption, âsaid the CM.
Stating that 80% of the promotion process is complete, Rao said the government will immediately initiate the process for the remaining eligible employees and teachers. âOnce this process is completed, all eligible employees will get promotions. The government will also shortly begin filling vacancies created by promotions. “
Other important announcements
Improved employee retirement bonus from Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh.
Reduction of the age limit from 75 to 70 for the supplementary pension of 15 per cent for retired employees and teachers.
Immediate launch of inter-district transfers to accommodate spouses employees and teachers working in different zones, in the same district.
180 days of maternity leave with pay for the female staff of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya.
Extension of the family pension policy to family members of contributory pension scheme employees who died in the course of their duties.