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In a major decision before Assembly polls, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced a 5% interim relief for government employees.

The interim relief is applicable to all Government Employees / Pensioners, including the employees of local bodies (PR and ULBs) and government institutions receiving Grants-in-Aid and Work Charged Employees who are currently drawing pay as per Revised Scales, 2020.

He has also decided to appoint a Pay Revision Committee (PRC) for the payment of pay scales to state government employees.

Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari has issued an order appointing N. Sivashankar (retired IAS) as the chairman of the committee and B. Ramaiah (retired IAS) as a member.

The committee has been directed to submit its report to the government within six months. The GO MS No: 159 said, “The PRC should consider the current pay scales of Telangana Employees vis-a-vis the pay scales of other State Government Employees and the Government of India. The State’s Revenue growth, State Government commitments for ongoing and future investments, development programmes, welfare schemes etc should also be considered. The PRC is advised to submit its report within six months. The supporting staff for the PRC & Budget shall be provided by the Finance Department.”

The GO Ms. No.133 issued by Finance Secretary K. Ramakrishna Rao said, “The Government, after careful examination, decided to sanction Interim Relief at the rate of five per cent (05%) of basic pay, pending submission of report by the Pay Revision Commission, to all State Government Employees and Pensioners, including the employees of the Local Bodies (PR and ULBs) and the Government Institutions receiving Grants-in-Aid from the Government, and Work Charged Employees, who are currently drawing pay in the Revised Scales, 2020.”

Interim Relief will be paid at the rate of five per cent (05%) of basic pay / basic pension with effect from October 1, 2023, The Interim Relief is admissible on Basic Pay. The Interim Relief will be shown as a distinct element of remuneration which shall be adjusted against any benefit that may accrue to the employees/pensioners on account of the revision of scales of pay and other allowances as a result of the Government’s decision on the Report of the Pay Revision Commission.

The Interim Relief sanctioned shall not count for computation of Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, City Compensatory Allowance or any other Allowances, Encashment of leave, Pay Fixation, Pension or Gratuity, etc.

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