Mumbai, Jul 22 (PTI) The government employees in Maharashtra are set for a pay hike from Diwali this year. Also Read - Majboori is Something: CM Thackeray Hints at Re-imposing Lockdown in Maharashtra; Read His Full Statement

The state government will implement recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission for its employees from Diwali (which falls in November this year), finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told PTI today. Also Read - Coronavirus Travel Guidelines: This State Mandates Week-Long Home Isolation For People Coming From Maharashtra, Kerala, MP, Punjab and Chhattisgarh | Key Points

“The Seventh Pay Commission will be our Diwali gift to employees,” he said. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Timings May be Curtailed, But no Lockdown on Cards Yet: Maharashtra Minister

The decision will benefit 19 lakh government employees across the state.

It will put a financial burden of Rs 21,530 crore on the state exchequer, Mungantiwar said.

“The finance department made provisions of Rs 10,000 crore in its annual budget presented in March this year,” he said.

The remaining provisions will be made through supplementary demands or in the next year’s budget, he said.

The government is also considering the demand for granting child care leave (CCL) for two years (730 days) to women government employees and 15 days paternal leave for male staffers, Mungantiwar said.

The state government is also studying a proposal to start a five-day week working system for its employees, he said.

“The proposal for increasing the working hours of government employees by 15 minutes against a weekly off on every Saturday is being studied,” he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.