New Delhi, March 3: Almost 20 months have passed and it seems that around 48 lakh government employees who are waiting for an increase in their minimum wage under 7th Pay Commission had to wait for few more months until the government comes to any conclusion.

But in a major bonanza for over 8.77 lakh Gujarat state government employees and pensioners, the state government has announced that it will implement the benefits of arrears for them under the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

According to a report, it is expected that over 4.65 lakh Gujarat state government employees and more than 4.12 lakh pensioners will benefit from the payout.

The employees will also get arrears under the 7th Pay Commission from March onwards in three monthly instalments. Gujarat deputy chief minister and finance minister Nitin Patel had announced that the state government will also spend a total of Rs 3,279 crore to implement the arrears.

It may be recalled that this week Odisha government will also implement recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for PSU employees. The news brought Holi cheers to over eight lakh Odisha state government employees and pensioners.

The implementations of 7th Pay Commission also benefits the state will come into effect from January 1, 2016.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also directed the concerned department for revision of salary of state PSUs, as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Though the state government had earlier announced salaries for government employees in accordance with the recommendations of the 7CPC, no decision was taken for PSU employees.