The Bihar government on Thursday paved the way for providing benefits of the 7th Pay Commission to the state officials and pensioners by announcing the setting up of a fitment committee for the purpose.
The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of state Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The three-member fitment committee would be headed by retired bureaucrat and former state Chief Secretary G S Kang while Secretaries of Finance and Rural Works Department Rahul Singh and Vinay Kumar respectively will be the members, Principal Secretary Cabinet Coordination department Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters.
The committee would be asked to submit its report in three months, Mehrotra said.
There are around 4.5 lakh employees under Bihar government and 3.5 lakh pensioners who will get the benefit of new pay scale.
Ever since announcement of the 7 th Pay Commission benefits for the central government employees, demand for similar benefits for the Bihar government have been coming.
The state Cabinet at its meeting today approved 20 proposals of different departments.
In another important decision, the Cabinet gave its nod to a proposal of the Home Department to enhance honorarium of SAP (State Auxiliary Police) personnel.
While junior commissioned officer of SAP would get a monthly honorarium of Rs 20,700 now in place of Rs 18,000 earlier for jawans the hike would be Rs 17,250 from Rs 15,000, Mehrotra said.
The cabinet also gave its nod to a proposal of state Civil Aviation Department to hire a new 7+2 seater helicopter on wet lease for five years at a cost of Rs 93,15,00,000.