7th Pay Commission Latest News: A few days after the Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet announced a hike in dearness allowance (DA) for the central government employees cum pensioners, a good news is in store for the university teachers and equivalent staff of a state as well.

Taking to Twitter, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday announced a salary hike for the university teachers and equivalent staff in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission. Making the declaration, he revealed that the move will put an additional burden of Rs 436 crore every year on the state. The announcement comes a few days ahead of the announcement of the schedule for upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.

The proposal with regard to the announcement got Bihar Cabinet’s nod on Monday. At least 8,000 teachers and 33,000 personnel will reap the benefits of the same. If reports are to be believed, under the revised pay scale, the state’s teachers and employees will get 15-18 per cent increase in their salaries. The same will be effective from April 1, 2017.

The announcement for the university teachers of Bihar comes in accordance with the good news received by the  teachers and other academic staff of the state government and government-aided degree level technical institution in the country. Notably, earlier on January 15, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), had approved a proposal to extend the 7th Central Pay Commission to the them.

These developments are coming even as over 50 lakh Central government employees and an equivalent number of pensioners are awaiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations even as the Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan has not once but twice claimed that the government is not considering or mulling a plan to accept their demands.