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SHILLONG: Following the Centre's implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recently, Meghalaya government constituted the Fifth Pay Commission aimed at revising the salary and other allowances of the government employees in the state.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma announced that former Chief secretary P J Bazely has been appointed chairman of the Commission with retired bureaucrats Uttam K Sangma and Lambha Roy as members of the commission.
The Commission will be notified immediately, he said, adding that the whole exercise is being done to ensure that the government employees get 'the best returns'.
The last time the state government announced a pay hike for its employees was in 2009 when it ordered an overall pay hike of 32 per cent with retrospective effect from January 1, 2007 in line with the recommendation of the 4th Pay Commission.
Exhorting confidence that the State will be able to share the financial burden awaiting, the Chief Minister said the state needs to 'work harder'.
The setting up of the pay commission has already been hailed by the government employees' federation even as the latter demanded that the pay hike should be at par with the 7th Central Pay Commission's recommendations.
"We want the state government to implement the pay revision at par with the Central government and the pay hike with effect from January 1, 2016," a federation leader said.
In another decision, the Cabinet has also approved a proposal to augment the corpus contingency fund from Rs 105 crore to Rs 205 crore to meet the increasing expenses of the State government.