Patna, Feb 7: Months after announcing benefits under the 7th Pay Commission, the Bihar government on Tuesday approved a sum of nearly Rs 500 crore for payment of salaries and other profits to teaching and non-teaching staff in state universities and schools. Teaching and non-teaching staff in Bihar schools and colleges will finally get their unpaid dues of last three years including a pay hike under the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

The state cabinet has approved to release a sum of Rs 491 crore, from its contingency fund, for payment of dues of 715 high school and 508 inter-college teachers, from the year 2011 to 2013, plus pay hike by 14 to 15 percent beyond what was recommended in the 7th Pay Commission. The benefits of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and unpaid dues will be given from April 1, 2018. (Also Read: Government to Accept Salary Hike, May Increase Fitment Factor)

In May 2017, the state cabinet had given its nod to increase the salary of its employees and pensioners after a report was submitted by pay fitment committee on the 7th Central Pay Commission or 7CPC. Principal Secretary (Finance) Ravi Mital had announced salary increase of the government employees by 14 to 15 per cent. “Allowances such as house rent, medical, travel, conveyance, etc. will be finalised later by the fitment committee in the next couple of months,” Mital had then said. However, the minimum payment had been kept at Rs 18,000, under the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

On the other hand, the central government employees, up to the pay matrix level 5, are likely to get benefits beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from April 1, 2018. The Centre had long been mulling changes in the 7th Pay Commission recommendations and according to the sources, the central government employees will get a pay hike with fitment factor to 3.00 times from 2.57 times from April this year.

“Government is on the path of effecting minor changes in the pay matrix up to level 5 such as the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s commitment to the central government employees unions’ leaders should be honoured,” the Finance Ministry official, as reported by Sen Times, said. While there would be a salary hike for the lower-level central government employees beyond what was recommended in the 7th Pay Commission, there will be no change in salaries of employees above pay matrix level 5.

Originally, the 7th Pay Commission had recommendations of a hike in basic pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 per month for the central government employees, maximum basic pay from Rs 80,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh and fitment factor to 2.57. The central government employees, however, have made demands of a hike in minimum pay from Rs 18,000 to Rs 26,000 and fitment factor from 2.57 to 3.68 times, beyond the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.