Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Punjab set up sixth pay commission

Chandigarh, Feb 3 (PTI) Former Punjab Chief Secretary R S Mann was today appointed as the Chairman of Sixth Punjab Pay Commission by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that Badal has cleared the appointment of R S Mann as the Chairman of Sixth Punjab Pay Commission, with effect from today.

The spokesperson said the new Chairman has been mandated to give recommendations with regard to new pay scales for the employees and revision in the pension for pensioners/family pensioners of the state government after having detailed deliberations with the various state employees' and pensioners' associations.

Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, had last month, described a high salary bill as the "biggest problem" the state was facing at present.

"Punjab's biggest problem is high salary of employees.

Our salary, pension and retirement benefits bill has reached Rs 28,000 crore and it is growing by Rs 3,000 crore per annum.

That is the thing which we have to look into," he had said.

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