CM holds talks with Employees Unions on PRC
Assured them of maximum benefit
No increase in revenue for the last two years
Amaravati, Jan 6: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has held discussion with Joint Staff Council on issues related to Pay Revision Commission (PRC) and assured that he would do as much as he can to benefit the employees and urged them to be practical and lower their expectations.
Noted concerns of employee unions
During the meeting held at camp office here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said he has noted all the concerns raised by the employees unions and assured them that all the issues will be addressed and announcement on PRC will be made with in 2-3 days.
The Chief Minister said he is more compassionate, humanitarian and responsive when it comes to doing good to others and added that it is inevitable to consider certain facts in regard to PRC recommendations as any decision would have irs impact in coming years. He said the revenue of the state would generally increase by 15 percent every year and added that it was not the case in last two years. He said Omicron cases were increasing rapidly and night curfews were imposed across the country and added that the impact of the pandemic on financial condition of Country and States can’t be assessed. He said IGST and SGST revenues were decreased in December compared to November and urged the employee’s Unions to accept any decision of the state government.
Decrease in SOR
The Chief Minister said State Own Revenues (SORs) were Rs 62,503 crore in 2018-19 and they were decreased to Rs 60, 934 crore in 2019-20 and it was Rs 60,688 crore in 2020-21. He said the expenditure for employees salaries and pensions was Rs 52,513 crore in 2018-19 while it has been increased to Rs 67,340 crore in 2020-21 and the increase in the expenditure is due to the decisions taken by the government for the benefit of the employees. He said the state government has given 27 percent IR to employees after coming to power and the amount that had been paid was Rs 18,000 crore since July 1, 2019. He said the salaries of Anganwadi and Asha workers, contract and out sourcing employees were increased and the expenditure on their salaries has been increased from Rs 1,198 crore to Rs 3,187 crore per annum.
Govt implemented minimum time scale
He said the state government has implemented minimum time scale and other benefits for contract employees and extended it to employees of government departments, Universities, Societies, KGBV, model schools and implemented Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for accidental death and Rs 2 lakh for natural death to them burdening another Rs 360 crore per annum to the government.
He said merging of APSRTC in state government has burdened Rs 5,380 crore from January 2020 to October 2021 and setting up of Village and Ward Secretariats has given additional burden of Rs 2,300 crore per annum. He said recruitment of Doctors, Nurses and Para Medical staff was done on large scale and it has led to another Rs 820 crore burden per annum. He said APCOS was setup to benefit out sourcing employees and it has laid a burden of Rs 2,040 crore per annum on the state government. He said MPDOs promotional channel issue and VRO Grade -1 promotional channel issue were solved by the state government and listed out other employees friendly activities of the state government.
Per capita income is less compared to Telangana
Comparing Telangana with Andhra Pradesh, the Chief Minister said the net per capita income of Telangana was Rs 2,32,632 while it was only Rs 1,70,215 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has spent Rs 22,608 crore on Salaries and Pensions for first seven months from April to October while it was Rs 36,000 crore for Andhra Pradesh for first seven months in 2021-22 and added that it was Rs 16,053 crore in Gujarat and Rs 25,567 crore in Bihar. He said it is fact that the revenues of Andhra Pradesh were declining while that of Telangana were increasing. He said the burden would be Rs 7,137 crore per annum if 14.29 percent fitment is provided and added that DAs should be cleared by the time fitment is released.
Financial constraints due to bifurcation
The finance department officials informed the Chief Minister that financial constraints were due to bifurcation of the state and added that net per capita income of the state is lowest compared to south Indian states. They listed out the financial losses due to bifurcation of the state and COVID pandemic. According to the recommendations of Chief Secretary, the burden of implementing 14 .29 percent fitment would be Rs 7,136 crore and it is more compared to Telangana, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.
Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala Rama Krishna Reddy, Chief Secretary Sameer Sharma, Finance Department officials and representatives of Employees Unions were present in the meeting.
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