Itanagar, Jan 29 (PTI) The Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet Tuesday approved the grant of Tough Location Allowance (TLA) for regular employees as per the recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission and also hike in wages of contingency employees. Also Read - Vaccination Drive Suspended in Maharashtra Till Monday Due to CoWin App Glitches

Earlier this month, Chief Minister Pema Khandu had announced the grant and hike as “new year gift”. Also Read - Day 1 of Largest Vaccination Drive Ends as Over 1.9 Frontline Workers Get First Jabs | 10 Points

The hike is effective from this month, government spokesman Bamang Felix said in a statement here. Also Read - Live Cricket Streaming India vs Australia 4th Test: When And Where to Watch IND vs AUS Stream Live Cricket Match Online And on TV

Khandu had announced the grant of TLA for regular employees in two levels pay matrix level 9 and above Rs 5,300 and level 8 and below Rs 4,100.

He had also announced enhancement of the minimum wages of skilled and unskilled contingency employees, casual workers and daily labourers employed under the state government establishments.

The initial wages on appointment of the unskilled contingent employees, casual workers and daily labourers has been enhanced from Rs 8,000 per month to Rs 10,000 and from Rs 9,000 to Rs 11,000 per month for skilled contingent employees, casual workers and daily labourers.

“This, in fact, is a jump of 25 per cent in case of unskilled and 22.22 per cent in case of skilled contingent employees,” the statement said.

Further, unskilled contingency employees in the category of 5-10 years in service were getting fixed wages of Rs 9,000 which has now been hiked to Rs 11,000 per month with 22.22 per cent hike.

Similarly, the skilled workers in the same category who were getting Rs 9,500 will now be getting Rs 12,000 which is 26.32 per cent hike in wages.

The category of 10-15 years recorded 20 per cent hike in wages for unskilled and 19.23 per cent hike for the skilled.

For above 20 years of service, a quantum leap of 45.45 per cent hike of wages has been recorded for unskilled workers and 47.83 per cent hike for skilled workers, the statement added.

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