After assuming power in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi government is engaged in taking many useful steps in the public interest. Moving forward in this chain, the Yogi government has increased the permanent monthly allowance of state employees i.e. fixed travel allowance from 50 to 100 percent. According to the report of the Pay Committee set up to implement the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, the Cabinet approved the revision of this allowance on Tuesday.
On the recommendations of the 7th Report on Allowances and Facilities of the Pay Committee 2016, the cabinet has revised the applicable rates of fixed travel allowances from November 1, 2012. On Tuesday, state government spokespersons Siddharth Nath Singh and Shrikant Sharma said after the cabinet meeting that this decision will benefit more than one and a half lakh employees working in various state departments. He informed that the revised rates of fixed travel allowance will be applicable with immediate effect. This decision will incur an additional annual expenditure of about Rs 20 crore on the state government.
The employees' organizations have dissatisfied by claiming that only one allowance has been increased and this increase also has no special effect. General Secretary Atul Mishra, a faction of the State Employees Joint Council, said that the government not only discontinued family planning, computers and cash handling allowances for the future but also stopped the payment of employees who were already receiving these allowances. The General Minister has also questioned the revision of only one of the more than 90 allowances being given to all cadres of employees. The chairman of the second faction of the council, Harikishore Tiwari, has also denied that in the report of the pay committee three years ago, it is now wrong to increase only one allowance and not make the report of the committee public.