7th CPC infeasible: DyCM

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR IMPHAL, 5th Feb: Stating that the 2018-19 budget introduced on the floor of the house on Monday does not include provisions for providing salaries to government employees under 7th Central pay commission, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar, who also holds the portfolio of finance, has said that the implementation of the 7th pay will be possible only after the arrival of the 15th finance commission.

Addressing media persons at his office chamber here on Monday after introducing the state budget for the fiscal year 2018-19 in the State Assembly, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar said that though the state government desires to implement the 7th Central pay commission in favour of the government employees, the government is not in a position to do so for the time being. The budget introduced on the floor of the house Monday also does not include provisions for implementation of 7th Central pay commission implementation.

He further informed that the government would have to spend around Rs 1400 crore on yearly basis if at all the 7th Central pay commission is implemented. If the said amount is deducted from the state budget, the state employees will certainly face non-release of salaries for months. Therefore, the implementation of the pay commission will not be possible until the arrival of the 15th finance commission.

Nonetheless, the deputy CM went on to state that the financial health of the State has improved considerably and the overall Gross State Domestic Products (GSDP) rate in the next fiscal year 2018-19 is expected to increase upto 11.95 %.

He said, government is committed for the welfare of people and therefore, Budget Estimates for the next fiscal 2018-19 is aimed to develop key areas like Skill Development, Housing, Drinking Water, Power and Sports. The government is focussed on accelerating economic activities by curbing bandh, blockade and other forms of hindrances so that economic growth can be enhanced considerably. There has been substantial improvement in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sectors in the current fiscal and more improvement is likely in the next fiscal year, he added.

Joykumar further said that with the introduction of GST, tax collection has increased and it will contribute to improvement of overall financial health of the state. Capital Outlay will also be increased as expected, as Centrally Sponsored Schemes have been successfully implementing in the state. Revenue receipts from non-tax collection have also contributed in improving the economic growth, he added.

Acknowledging the fact that a lot of infrastructures need to be developed especially in sports sector to meet the growing demands, the deputy CM said that special attention has been given to the sports sector and in the next fiscal year four artificial football grounds and one artificial hockey field will be developed.

He also said that he has urged the Union Finance Minister to allocate more funds under Khelo India so that more infrastructures can be developed to tap the growing potential among the youths in the state.

Principal Secretary (Finance) VK Dewangan, Commissioner (Taxes) Hrishikesh Modak and other officers of finance department also attended the press conference.

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