There are two dates for grant of annual increment—on 1st July of the calendar year and another on 1 July of the calendar year Credit: Representational image

Agartala: At a time when most of the states have announced a pay cut for government employees, the Tripura cabinet of ministers on Thursday gave approval for an annual increment of 3% of basic pay, said Law minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking in a press conference, Nath said that the state even as we are facing facing a financial crunch yet the state cabinet has decided to pay the annual increment of all the regular government employees.

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“We are facing acute shortage of finance, yet we have decided that there would be not pay cut for the government employees. The state government had announced a pay cut of 30 percent only for the chief minister, ministers and elected legislators of the state assembly”, Nath said.

He also said that annual increment cannot be withheld unless there is anything contrary with the conduct of the employee in performing his service.

“The state gives increments twice in a year. There are two dates for grant of annual increment—on 1st July of the calendar year and another on 1 July of the calendar year”, Nath added.

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Speaking further he said that in view of the economic impact faced by the several states due to the lockdown in wake of coronavirus, a number of states had ordered to defer salaries of the state government employees.

“Many states had announced salary cuts including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Telangana and Odisha. The state of Telengana in exercise of the power had decided that there would be 70 percent deferment in the gross salary of the Chief Minister, ministers and MLAs and elective representatives, while 60 percent for AIS and 50 percent for other employees”, Nath said.

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He also said that Kerala govt issued ordinance on April 30 last for cutting salary of its staff for COVID-19 pandemic after the High Court stayed their decision of a pay cut of six days salary in a month for six month.

Tripura has a total number of 99,159 regular government employees for whom pay bills are being prepared through Human Resource Management System (HRMS) portal.

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“The current basic of these employees is Rs 387.2 cr and after increment a total of Rs 139.32 cr money would be paid by the state government. For those who received their increment on July 1 the state will pay Rs 110.83 cr for and Rs 28.49 cr on those who will receive the increment on January 1 next year”, Nath added.

Explaining the increment of salary for the employees, Nath said that a Group-A employee withdrawing salary of Rs 90 thousand will have an increment of Rs 2700, Group-C with Rs 83,200 will receive Rs 2,500 extra, Group C will get Rs 900 extra and Group D will receive Rs 700 respectively.

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