BMC staff to get 20 percent arrears, 10 percent pay rise

Mumbai: After Maharashtra government declared the implementation of the seventh Pay Commission in January, the Municipal Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Ajoy Mehta, on Tuesday approved an interim payment of 20 per cent in the arrears for 37 pending months. They also have announced a 10 per cent increment on the current pay for all employees. The rise would be credited in the salary for February and would cost the BMC of Rs 3000 crore.

“The rise would cost our civic body an extra strain of Rs 3000 crore, which will paid from the revenue account of BMC. The first tranche for this month will be Rs 600 crore,” said a group leader. Besides, the Commissioner also approved a group insurance for the families of the BMC employees, which was stopped in 2017 after allegations of excess and fraudulent claims.

“Not everyone can afford to purchase a private health insurance policy and we have been demanding this for past two years. The corporation should have found a solution to address the excess and fraudulent claims, instead of scrapping the policy,” said Rakhi Jadhav, a corporater of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

The Commissioner met Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and group leaders of some political parties to discuss the implementation of the seventh Pay Commission on Tuesday. After the implementation of the seventh Pay Commission, the revenue expenditure of the BMC is expected to spiral by over 8.48 per cent.

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