The cash-strapped Andhra Pradesh government Monday agreed to give a pay hike of 43 per cent. “We are announcing a 43-per cent fitment for government employees after discussion with Cabinet sub-committee and AP Non-Gazetted Officers Association leaders today,’’ Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said. The Chief Minister said this would come into force from the official date of bifurcation of the state — June 2, 2014. The additional burden on the exchequer will be around Rs 9,000 crore per annum.
The sub-committee headed by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu will take a call on implementation of the recommendation of the 10th Pay Revision Commission (PRC), the CM said. “Despite Andhra facing several challenges after unscientific bifurcation, we have taken this decision to fulfil the aspirations of our employees,” he said. According to the CM, the state is staring at a revenue deficit. “We have innumerable challenges. I have spoken about this at the CM’s meeting with the PM in New Delhi yesterday.”