The Tripura government on Tuesday revised the pay scale for its two lakh employees and pensioners, bringing it on par with the Centre’s 7th Pay Commission recommendations, PTI reported. The revised salaries will be effective from October 1.

In March, shortly after it came to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party-Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura government in the state set up a committee headed by former Assam Chief Secretary PP Varma to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.

Addressing a press conference, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, “The [previous] Left Front government left a burden of Rs 11,000 crore. Despite that, we could fulfil the demands of the employees.”

The minimum pay at the entry level has now been raised to Rs 18,000 per month for Group-C employees and Rs 16,000 for Group-D employees. Pensioners will get a minimum pension of Rs 8,000 per month and a maximum of Rs 1,07,450 per month. Fixed pay employees will get benefits at par with regular employees under the revised salary structure, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Devvarma said.

“To provide higher salaries and allowances to state government employees and pensioners, Rs 7,728 crore will be required annually, including Rs 912 crore additional expenditure,” Deb added.