Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu
Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu|EastMojo image

Arunachal cabinet okays tough location allowance, wage hike

Approval of grant for regular employees of state government as per recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission

Damien Lepcha

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh state Cabinet on Tuesday approved the grant of Tough Location Allowance (TLA) for regular employees of the state government as per the recommendation of 7th Central Pay Commission and also the hike in wages of contingency employees as announced by chief minister Pema Khandu earlier this month.

While addressing public functions in various locations of the state, Khandu had announced the perks as a New Year’s gift for the regular and contingency employees working under the state government.

With the Cabinet nod on Tuesday, the employees will draw higher salaries and wages from this month.

It may be recalled that Khandu had announced to grant TLA for regular employees in two levels – pay matrix level 9 and above – Rs 5,300 and Level 8 and below – Rs 4,100. He had also announced for enhancement of the minimum wages of skilled and unskilled contingency employees/casual workers employed under the government of Arunachal Pradesh.

The initial wages on a appointment of the un-skilled contingent employees/casual workers/daily labourers has been enhanced from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per month and from Rs 9,000 to Rs 11,000 per month for skilled contingent employees/casual workers/daily labourers. This in fact is a jump of 25 per cent in case of un-skilled contingent employees and 22.22 per cent in case of the skilled ones.

Further, un-skilled contingency employees in the category of 5-10 years in service were getting fixed wages of Rs 9,000 per month which has now been enhanced to Rs 11,000 with a 22.22 per cent hike. Similarly the skilled workers in the same category who were getting Rs 9,500 will now be getting 12,000 per month thus recording a 26.32 per cent hike.

The category of 10-15 years recorded 20 per cent hike in their wages for unskilled and 19.23 per cent hike in the skilled. For above 20 years of service, a quantum leap of 45.45 per cent hike of wages is recorded for unskilled and 47.83 per cent for the skilled.