In a welcome development for state government employees, the Tamil Nadu government has approved the Seventh Pay commission recommendations. The government announced on Wednesday that minimum wage for government employees will jump 2.57 times and that it will benefit 12 lakh workers and 6 lakh pensioners, incurring a Rs 14,719 crore expense. This price will increase further for any other film, given that the local body tax on non-Tamil movies is 20%.
A 180-ml alcohol bottle would now be costlier by Rs 12, while the price of beer would go up by Rs 10, an official with the state liquor retailing company TASMAC said. These decisions were taken today during a cabinet meeting that was chaired by Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
The increase in prices is meant to help with the increasing burden of additional expenditure to be incurred by the state government after it hiked the salaries of its employees across the board. The cabinet took the decision based on a report submitted by a high-level committee led by finance secretary K Shanmugam.
Government employees in Tamil Nadu have been staging agitations over demands of interim relief till the recommendations under the 7th Pay Commission come into effect. However, after the government employees were warned by the Madras High Court, they had stopped their protests.