Minimum salary Rs 18,000, Related news

Minimum pay of a government servant will now be Rs 18,000 per month,” he said, adding the arrears will be paid this financial year itself.

He said the government decision to implement the pay panel’s report and pay higher salaries was guided by the conviction that “the government employees’ salaries should be respectable”.

“It’s a mixed bag. But one thing that was behind the decision to accept the report was that the government servants’ salary has to come to a respectable level”.

This, he said, can help the government “attract best of talent” vis-a-vis the private sector. “I am not talking only of employees at senior level but at all levels,” he said.

“Among the beneficiaries include 47 lakh government employees and 53 lakh pensioners. Out of this there will be 14 lakh serving defence personnel and 18 lakh pensioners among the defence personnel,” Jaitley said.

He said the National Democratic Alliance government has taken the decision to implement the report of the 7th Pay Commission much faster than in the past.

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