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STATE’S NEW POLITICAL STUNT ON THE EVE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS – TO SPEND OVER RS. 3000 CRORE AS HRA TO EMPLOYEES

hra-1The government may not be willing to bow down to the striking teachers demands, but may be looking at a financial crisis with the bosses approving the demands of 24 lakh employees to pay House Rent Allowance on lines with the Centres Sixth Pay recommendations. Giving the justification of linking up the state governments employees pay to the Centres standards, the state has agreed to pay 24 lakh employees House Rent Allowance on lines with the Centres Sixth Pay recommendations. These include employees of Mantralaya, courts, Mhada, RTO among others. The state has promised to increase transport allowance from April next year. The latest sop to employees will cost the state Rs 3,300 crore annually. Finance minister Dilip Walse-Patil admitted that the states finances will be severely strained by this decision: The minister said that at present, he does not foresee a situation where the state will have to take overdrafts. Sources say that the assembly elections are approaching and the ruling front cannot displease state employees. A senior finance ministry officer said that the states finances have suffered due to the economic slowdown. Meanwhile, the government has spent :

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