New Delhi, November 7: The Ministry of Finance has finally approved the proposal on pay hike of employees of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) as per 7th Pay Commission. Once the pay scale is revised, the institute would spend Rs 20.4 crore per annum on salaries of FTTI employees. (Also Read – 7th Pay Commission: Centre Hikes Allowance For Differently-Abled Kids of Government Employees to Rs 54,000 Annually)

The approval comes as a great relief for the FTTI employees working permanently, who had earlier alleged that a “goof up” in pay scale upgradation had caused them inconvenience and loss of funds.

In January 2017, the FTII had implemented a pay scale revision, “without taking proper concurrence from the Ministry of Finance” and releasing salaries as per the upgraded scales only to withdraw it two months later.

The institute had to recover “excess salaries” paid to each of the 166 staffers from their subsequent salaries between April and May.

On November 2, the FTTI administration had received a notification to this effect from the ministry.

According to several reports, the FTII spends around Rs 18.9 crore per annum salaries. After new pay scales are implemented, the institute would end up spending Rs 20.4 crore per annum on salaries. Thus, it will also require Rs 1.5 crore extra every year.

According to the Ministry of Finance (MoF) directives, autonomous bodies working under various ministries were to, preferably, bear the additional financial burden of the revision.

The FTII had also written to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry that the institute was ready to bear the 30 per cent burden (about Rs 45 lakh per annum) and, hence, the pay revision should be affected.