Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday announced the setting up of a new Pay Revision Commission (PRC) for government employees with a mandate to submit its report a week before August 15 this year so the announcement could be made on Independence Day. He also announced that an interim relief for the employees will be announced on June 2, the State Formation Day.
Addressing reporters at Pragati Bhavan after a nearly four and half hour meeting with representatives of various employees organisations, including teachers and lecturers, the Chief Minister profusely complimented government officials and employees for their dedication, hard work and constructive contribution in the successful implementation of various government policies and programmes.
“It is the government’s moral responsibility to solve their problems and meet their demands,” KCR said, referring to the demands that were discussed with employees organization representatives, the Cabinet-sub committee set up to look into these issues and other top government officials on Wednesday.
“It is a practice to appoint a Pay Revision Commission every fifth year. This time we are appointing a three-member PRC unlike the one member affair of the past. The PRC will not just look at salary revisions but other issues too such as transfers and make necessary recommendations. The three-member decision is to ensure work is done expeditiously,” he said.
The orders for setting up the PRC are expected to be issued by the Chief Secretary on Thursday. He said there was a demand for release of two DA instalments that have been pending. The government will release one immediately and the second one will follow later, he said.
With regard to transfers, he said the government has agreed that it should be a transparent process without corruption. Special Chief Secretary Ajay Misra will head a committee along with Adhaar Sinha, Shivashankar who will meet employees representatives. The committee will form guidelines and submit them to the Cabinet-sub-committee which will then ask the Chief Secretary to issue orders.
On spouse transfers, KCR promised that these would be done as husband and wife should be in one place. In the rare event where this might not be possible, then postings will be ensured in adjoining mandals, he said.
The government, he said, will also come up with a permanent transfer policy that will lay down the percentage of people who can be transferred and the modalities to do so every year.
The Chief Minster also announced that the current policy on promotions which requires two years of service, will be extended for one more year.
On one of the big demands of the employees, scrapping of the contributory pension scheme, the Chief Minister said this was not under the State’s purview. However, issuing of death-cum-gratuity was in the State’s purview and this will be implemented by the Telangana government.
Special CL, LTC
The government, he said, has also conceded the demand from women employees for five days of special casual leave every year.
Chandrashekhar Rao also made a major announcement on leave travel concession for government employees. Everyone can avail this, he said. It will be a simplified system where employees will not be required to produce any tickets or proof of travel and can accumulate their LTC amounts for up to three years. They can use this LTC money, any which way they choose to, he said.