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Saturday , March 18 , 2017

Rongali Bihu pay cheer for govt staff

Guwahati, March 17: State government employees and pensioners will get six months' arrears according to the revised pay before Rongali Bihu next month.

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the cabinet today approved the proposal to pay the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission to government employees with retrospective effect from April 1, 2016.

He said arrears of one year will be paid in two instalments and the first instalment of six months' arrears will be released before Rongali Bihu.

Sarma said the release of the first instalment will put a burden of Rs 1,600 crore on the exchequer.

He said the cabinet today approved the revision of pay (RoP), which will be uploaded on the state government's website tomorrow.

Sarma said the state government employees will start receiving the increased salary next month.

The cabinet today gave its nod to the creation of an information technology directorate.

The IT department has been functioning without a directorate since its inception in 2003.

An official source said the move to create an IT directorate was undertaken according to a directive from chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

In another development, the chief minister, in a statement issued today, said the perpetrators of the Silapathar violence would be brought to book.

For permanent peace and development, Sonowal also appealed to all militant outfits to join the mainstream and engage in dialogue to solve all outstanding issues.

He said no leniency would be shown to any organisation that engages in subversive activities.

Sonowal said people's faith in the BJP-led government in the past nine months has been one of its remarkable achievements though it has achieved success in areas like fencing the Indo-Bangladesh border, curbing corruption, expediting the NRC update and ending syndicate raj in the state.

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