While lakhs of central government employees still await to get the benefits of 7th Pay Commission, the Maharashtra state government has cleared the salary recommendations and the employees of the Maratha state will receive pay hikes and benefits from Diwali this year.

The government employees of Maharashtra are all set to receive salary hikes and other benefits as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. Maharashtra government has cleared bills and announced on Sunday that all state government employees will start receiving the seventh pay benefits from Diwali that befalls in November this year. The decision will benefit over 19 lakh government employees across Maharashtra, whereas, more than 50 lakh central government employees are still waiting to get the benefits of new pay module.

Adapting the new CPC recommendations will cost Maharashtra state exchequer, a total of Rs 21,530 crore in a year. The government has already made provisions of Rs 10,000 crore in the 2018 Budget passed in March; while the provisions for remaining money will be made through supplementary demands or in the next year’s budget – says Sudhir Mungantiwar, the finance minister of Maharashtra.

The Devendra Fadnavis government is also considering to grant the demands of child care leave (CCL) for two years (730 days) to women government employees as well as a parental leave of 15 days to male employees. Furthermore, they are also looking into the proposal of five-day working week system for the state government employees – which can be achieved by increasing the daily working hours by 15 minutes and giving off on Saturdays as well as Sundays. If implemented, Maharashtra will be the first state to have implemented an employee-friendly work schedule in India.