New Delhi, March 2: Odisha government has finally announced that it will implement recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for PSU employees in the state with effect from January 1, 2016. As soon as the implementation is done, around eight last state government employees will be benefitted by this.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday directed the state government’s concerned department for revision of salary of state PSUs, as per the recommendations of 7th Pay Commission.

Last year in August the state government had announced salaries for government employees in accordance with the recommendations of the commission, no decision was taken for PSU employees.

The decision will benefit over eight lakh state government employees and pensioners.

In June 2016, the Central government had also approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and raised the minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 18,000 a month. On the other side, the employee had kept their demand to raise the minimum pay from Rs 7,000 to Rs 26,000 a month and several media reports confirmed that the government would fulfill the demand. However, nothing was confirmed.

The 7th Pay Commission has come as a booster for several government employees working all over the country.

Almost after 10 years, eight lakh Central government college teachers received a salary hike of about 22-28 per cent and Union Cabinet education minister Prakash Javadekar said that the decision was made to do justice to the hard work of the teachers and was also to attract new talent.

With the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, teachers are said to have received a hike of about Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 on the basis of seniority, effective from January 1, 2016.

The hike was also extended to the staff members of technical institutes such as IITs and NITs.

The implementation of 7CPC brought a cheer among teachers who had been threatening to go on a strike over the delay in pay hike. In 2006, it was the last time a pay hike was implemented for the teachers.

According to a report, the hike on the teachers’ salary had affected the exchequer by about Rs 70,000 crore over three years and this burden will be shared equally by the state and the Central government.