Kolkata: Opposition CPI(M) and Congress legislators on Thursday staged a walkout from the West Bengal Assembly after their demand for a discussion over non implementation of Pay Commission was turned down.
The demand of Left Front legislature party leader Sujan Chakraborty that an adjournment motion be brought in and a discussion held on the matter was rejected by Speaker Biman Banerjee, prompting the Left Front and Congress legislators to walk out after shouting anti-government slogans. They then staged a protest outside the House.
“There are several issues but the state government neither allows the Opposition to raise nor discuss them. Why is the state government unwilling to discuss the matter of Pay Commission in the assembly,” Chakraborty told reporters outside the House.
The Left Front and the Congress legislators, however, joined the House proceedings in the second half.
The Sixth commission was formed on 27 November 2015, months before the 2016 Assembly election, to restructure the salary of State government employees. Headed by Prof Abhirup Sarkar, the panel was scheduled to submit its report within six months. However, it received periodic extensions.
On 28 May this year it got another extension for six months.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in June this year had said the state government will decide on bridging the gap between dearness allowances (DA) of State and Central government employees after getting the recommendations from the Pay Commission.
Meanwhile, Amit Shah, the Minister of Home Affairs (BJP) tweeted, “While people of other states are getting benefits of the 7th Pay Commission, West Bengal is still stuck with the 5th Pay Commission. I assure the people of Bengal that once BJP comes to power in the state,we will implement the 7th Pay Commission in the very first cabinet meeting.”
While people of other states are getting benefits of the 7th Pay Commission, West Bengal is still stuck with the 5th Pay Commission. I assure the people of Bengal that once BJP comes to power in the state,we will implement the 7th Pay Commission in the very first cabinet meeting. pic.twitter.com/aq4CPFoMzl
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) January 22, 2019
Highlights of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission were as follows:
- Recommended date of implementation: 1 January 2016.
- Minimum pay: Based on the Aykroyd formula, the minimum pay in government is recommended to be set at Rs 18,000 per month.
- Maximum pay: Rs 2,25,000 per month for the apex scale and Rs 2,50,000 per month for cabinet secretary and others presently at the same pay level.