New Delhi, June 12: In what comes as good news for over 23 lakh retired employees of universities and colleges, the Narendra Modi government on Tuesday said it has revised the pension limits of retired faculty and other non-teaching staff in central universities and colleges as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

The latest decision will benefit around 25,000 current pensioners of central universities and University Grants Commission (UGC)-maintained deemed universities to the tune of Rs 6,000 to Rs 18,000.

Moreover, the announcement will benefit around 8 lakh teachers and 15 lakh non-teaching staff who have retired from State Public Universities and affiliated colleges, who may adopt or have already adopted the pay scales recommended by the 7th Central Pay Commission.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “The @narendramodi govt has revised pension of retired faculty & other non-teaching staff in Central Universities and Colleges as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. Around 25000 present pensioners will benefit in Central Universities and #UGC maintained #Deemed to be #Universities to the tune of Rs. 6000 to Rs.18000 (sic).”

“This move of govt will benefit approx 8 lakh teachers & 15 lakh non–teaching staff who retired from State Public Universities & affiliated colleges, who wish to adopt or have adopted Pay Scales prescribed for Central Universities (sic),” he added.

Last year, the Central government had approved the revision of pay scales for about 8 lakh teaching and other equivalent academic staff in high educational institutions under the purview of the UGC and in centrally-funded technical institutions.

With the Centre accepting the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for Central government employees, several state governments have started implementing the same for their employees. The recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission are with effect from January 2017.