Bhopal:  The 66th Independence day has brought cheers for the Madhya Pradesh government employees, with the Chief Minister announcing implementation of the Agrawal Commission's recommendations which would pave way for big increase in their allowances. It would however, put a burden of Rs 500 crore on the state exchequer.

Kanhaiya Lal Agrawal, Minister General Administration, MP government gave details of the recommendations of the commission in a press conference which was held on Tuesday. He also said that the state government is already paying invariably higher permanent TA (Travel Allowance), double working allowance, festival allowances including food allowances to the employees.

He further said that the state government has increased the house allowance of employees from Rs 800 to Rs 2,520 who are living in urban areas.

The state government has also decided to give a monthly allowance of Rs 1,760 to employees living in the urban areas having a population of 3-5 lakhs.  Rs 1260 to employees living in towns with a population between 50,000 to 3,00,000 whereas those living in cities having less than 50,000 population would get Rs 750 as monthly allowances.

Agrawal further said that government has also made hefty increase in house allowances, TA, daily allowances including local travel allowances of the employees of forest, excise departments as well as of jail employees which is almost 2-3 fold more.

He further said that this would be applicable from November 1, 2011 and it would be paid in the shape of arrears to the employees. He, however, did not make it clear from when the first installment of the DA (Dearness allowance) would be paid because it is to be decided in a cabinet meeting of the state government.

The MP government’s decision would put a burden of Rs 500 crore on the state exchequer. At the same time it would also put an additional load of Rs 200 crore on the state government for paying arrears to the employees.

While replying to a question, Agrawal said that working hours, public holidays including other allowances of the employees would however would remain the same.

Apart from this, the state government has not agreed to the recommendation of the commission for increasing the working days from 5 to 6 days.

JPN\ Bureau

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