Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday, in the State Legislative Assembly, announced pay revisions for government employees and teachers. The government has decided to enhance the retirement gratuity of employees and teachers from Rs 12 lakhs to Rs 16 lakhs. The government has also decided to reduce the age limit from 75 years to 70 years for 15 percent additional quantum of pension to the retired government employees and teachers.

The chief minister announced that all state government employees and teachers will get a 30 percent pay hike from 1 April. This decision will impact about 9,17,797 employees who are part of the government machinery.

"This time too, the government, by revising the pay scales of employees, teachers and pensioners took a decision to increase the salaries of contract employees, outsourcing employees, home guards, Anganwadis, Asha workers, employees of Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP), Vidya volunteers, employees of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) and Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan, village revenue officers/assistants, grant in aid and daily wage workers," said the chief minister.

"As per the assurance given in our previous election manifesto, the government is happy to announce an enhancement of the retirement age limit to 61 years to the state government employees and teachers. With an aim to utilise the services of experienced employees I announce the enhancement of the retirement age limit and this decision will come into effect immediately," said the chief minister.

The government has decided to provide 180 days maternity leave along with wages to the KGBV women staff. For the spouses of employees and teachers working in different districts, the government will immediately start the process of inter-district transfers to accommodate them to work in one district.

"Government constitutes a steering committee with employees associations, government officials as stakeholders for evolving the new modalities of Employees Health Scheme (EHS) as per the PRC committee recommendations," said the chief minister.

In his speech in the Assembly, KCR said that on the basis of erstwhile undivided districts seniority and management wise, the government has decided to undertake promotions and transfers to eligible teachers. To enhance the numbers of current headmasters to 10,000 who are in the primary schools, the government has decided to sanction additional headmaster (equivalent to school assistant) posts.

"The government will give permission to the Andhra Pradesh teachers who are working in Telangana to return to their home state. To this effect the government will issue orders," said KCR. The government has announced that they have decided to extend the family pension policy to the family members of the CPS (Contributory Pension Scheme) employees who died on duty.

"The Coronavirus disaster had shattered the state economy. Due to an unexpected fiscal deficit, the 11th pay revision was delayed. In the present scenario of a recuperating economy, we are revising the 11th pay scale in a better manner that will cover all the employees and teachers in the state," added KCR.

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