Cash Is In The Air For Maharashtra Govt Employees, Pensioners: 7th Pay Commission To Be Implemented From 1 JanuaryMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis (Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

In a move that will bring festive cheer to over 20 lakh government employees and pensioners in Maharashtra, the Devendra Fadnavis government on Thursday (27 December) gave its nod for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations from 1 January 2019, reports The New Indian Express.

The state exchequer will have to shell out an extra Rs 38,655 crores to meet the expense.

This pay hike means that Group D employees will see a salary increase of Rs 4,000-5,000, Group C will take home Rs 5,000-Rs 8,000 more and Group A and Group B officers will see increments in the range of Rs 9,000-Rs 14,000 per month.

Generous increments will also be given very aged pensioners, with retirees in the 80-85 age group getting a 10 per cent hike, those between 85-90 seeing a rise of 15 per cent, 90-95-year-olds getting 20 per cent more while centenarians will see a big jump of 50 per cent.

A plan to provide relief to other sections of society which may be affected by the hikes such as farmers, Anganwadi Sevikas, home guards and others, is also in the works.

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