New Delhi, March 7: After Odisha and Gujarat, Maharashtra government today informed the state Legislative Council that by the end of this year, the government will pay arrears under 7th Pay Commission to state government employees.Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: DA Hike For Central Government Employees Soon? Check Details Here

Maharashtra State FinanceMinister Sudhir Mungitwar confirmed the news and said that the move will put a burden of Rs 21,500 crore on the state exchequer. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission: From DA Hike to PF Interest Rate, Govt Employees Likely to Get 3 Big Gifts in July

Mugitwar who was replying to a starred question raised by Janata Dal (United) leader, the state Finance Minister also said that an allocation will be made in the 2018-19 state budget for the payment of salary difference with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission News: LTC Rules Changed For Central Government Employees! Details Here

Mungitwar also assured the House that the government is also considering the demand for granting Child Care Leave (CCL) for two years (730 days) to female government employees and 15 days of paternal leave for male workers.

“Earlier, the state government did not accept the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendation of CCL for two years, but the state government is now positive about accepting the recommendation,” he said.

Replying to supplementary queries, Mungantiwar said the demand for raising the retirement age for government employees from 58 years to 60 years was being considered by the B C Khatua committee.

“The government will have to consider the additional financial burden of Rs 500 to Rs 700 crore the decision will put on the state exchequer while increasing the retirement age of the government employees,” he said.

The General Administration Department (GAD) will take a decision on the demand.

Mungantiwar added that the GAD is also studying the proposal of a five days week for government employees.

“The GAD will also study the proposal for increasing the working hours of the government employees by 15 minutes against a weekly off on every Saturday. Although the GAD is seized of the matter, no committee has been set up so far to deliberate on the proposal,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)