Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has announced that the wages of skilled and unskilled workers working for the state government will be enhanced effective from January 1 this year.
Khandu made the announcement while addressing the second leg of Arunachal Rising Campaign at Ziro, the headquarters of Lower Subansiri district, on Monday.
Reiterating that his government was not afraid to walk the extra mile in making life easier for its employees, the chief minister said, “The working class is one of the most important sections of the government. The skilled and unskilled labourers of the state government who form the major working force at the last level of governance are serving the people without much hullabaloo despite several hardships faced by them to meet their ends.”
The chief minister affirmed to bear the additional financial implication which is coming around Rs 100 crore on the state exchequer.
“Due to team-work, we have been able to achieve unprecedented growth in our revenue generation. Now it is time for the government to give back to its team members and our working class is one of the strongest members of Team Arunachal,” he said.
As per a latest government order, the initial wages of the unskilled contingent employees/casual workers/daily labourers has been enhanced from Rs 8,000 per month to Rs 10, 000 per month and from Rs 9,000 per month to Rs 11,000 per month for the skilled contingent employees.
Further, unskilled contingent employees after completing 15 years and above in service were getting fixed wages of Rs 11,000 per month till retirement.
Khandu’s New Year gift will now enable the unskilled lot to be paid Rs 13,000 during their 15-20 years of service and Rs 16,000 after completing 20 years, thereby, taking home an additional amount of Rs 5,000 per month.
On the other hand, the skilled contingent employees after completing 15 years and above in service were getting fixed wages of Rs 11,500 pm till retirement. Now they will be paid Rs 14,000 as monthly wages during their 15-20 years of service and after completing 20 years of service they will get Rs 17,000 empowering them to take home an additional amount of Rs 6,000 per month.
The Arunachal Pradesh state government has around 35,000 skilled and unskilled contingent employees working in various sectors across the state including the Auxiliary Labour Corps (ALCs). At least 5,000 of these contingent employees have completed 20 years in service.