AGARTALA: The Tripura government employees would be paid as per the central pay scale if the government receives additional Rs. 1800 crore, Minister for Finance Bhanulal Saha said.
“The state government, currently, is not in a position to introduce sixth Central Pay Commission due to lack of adequate funds. The government spends a total of Rs. 2597 crore per annum for salary and pensions of the employees. To implement the recommendations of the sixth Central Pay Commission, the government needs additional Rs. 1800 crore,” Bhanulal Saha said while replying to a question moved by Member of Legislative Assembly Gopal Roy in the House.
Later, speaking on the share of central tax, the minister said that the government received a total of Rs. 25,396 crore as share of central tax during the tenure of 14th Finance Commission. Earlier, it was Rs. 7411.89 crore. The state government is likely to receive an amount to the tune of Rs. 5104 crore as non-plan revenue deficit in the tenure of 14th Finance Commission which was Rs. 4463 in 13th Finance Commission tenure.
As the state government is expected to receive Rs. 31,308 crore under share of central tax, gap central pay scales and other grants in the 14th Finance Commission rule, the government could hardly manage other expenditure due to change in sharing pattern of 13 centrally sponsored schemes including Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) by the 14th Finance Commission.