The 11th Pay Commission has submitted its report to the Kerala government and has made some recommendations. IAS officer K Mohandas headed the Commission and submitted its report to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The Commission has recommended increasing the minimum salary to government employees from Rs 16,000 to Rs 23,100 and the maximum salary at Rs 1,66,800. The Commission also recommended increasing minimum pension from Rs 8,500 to Rs 11,500 and maximum should be fixed at Rs 83,400.
Increasing salary and pension would bring an additional annual burden of Rs 4,810 crore to the LDF government. The Commission has said only a limited salary increase and benefits have been recommended in comparison to the past, as expenditure has to be significantly reduced given the Kerala government’s financial position. Another report will be submitted in June. The state government would issue the order on salary revision in February. Reports suggest that the revised salary would be distributed from April 2021.
According to the report, the minimum increase in salary is Rs 700 and maximum is Rs 3,400. Minimum House Rent Allowance (HRA) is Rs 1,200 and maximum is Rs 10,000, i.e., between 4% to 10% of basic pay.
The Commission has suggested a parent care leave of a maximum of one year for employees nursing bedridden parents. These employees would get a 40% salary. Employees can also take leave for taking care of children below three years of age. The Commission has recommended increasing the paternity leave from 10 days to 15 days.