Monday, April 9, 2012

Karnataka staff unhappy with pay hike, wait for CM's assurance

The payslips of Karnataka Govt. employees from May might show a quantum leap in their basic salaries, but the 5.53 lakh staff across the state are unhappy as they are still not on par with their counterparts at the Centre. 
The merger of dearness allowance (DA) with the basic is the major grouse. Though C.M.,D V Sadananda Gowda said the revision envisaged a 22.5% increase in the individual salaries with the burden on exchequer being Rs 4,450 crore per annum, employees feel they have been deceived. ``The revision was long overdue and despite two revisions in 10 years, we are still not on par with the central government employees' scales that were revised a decade ago. There is a difference of 30 % in the pay scales of both,'' Karnataka State Govt. Employees Association President L Byrappa and treasurer Chowdaiha told TOI. 

On an average, an employee is going to be benefitted by Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 per month under the new scales. A senior officer whose present take-home pay is Rs 50,000 said the hike was just Rs 6,000 though the basic figure looked huge. 

Another bone of contention is the house rent allowance, which varies for employees staying in Bangalore and tier-two cities. With Bangalore extending its reach, the HRA is 25% of the basic salary as against 30% of central government employees. ``With the rentals being steep in the city, an employee staying in BBMP limits and 8km away like Hoskote or Nelamangala or Magadi gets the same HRA,'' Chowdaiah said.The association has represented to the CM on these discrepancies. The CM has sought a week's time to take a relook. 

Source : Times of India.

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