Amaravati: The government of Andhra Pradesh has extended the 27 per cent Interim Relief (IR) to retired pensioners. The Principal Finance Secretary, SS Rawat, issued an order to this effect on Thursday.
The benefit will be applied to pensioners who retired before 1–07–2013. As per the directions, the allowance would be granted from July 1 from this year.
The State Government has also decided to continue the 30 per cent house rent allowance for all the state government employees who have moved from Hyderabad to Vijayawada after the bifurcation of the state, for another year. The Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who cleared the file approved this.
The State Government Employees Federation President Venkatrami Reddy expressed appreciation for the Chief Minister’s decision to extend the IR to retired persons and the 30 percent house rent allowance to the employees who were shifted from Hyderabad to Andhra Pradesh.
The Andhra Pradesh government earlier announced payment of 27 per cent Interim Relief (IR) to its employees, pending the recommendations of the Pay Revision Commission. Principal Finance Secretary SS Rawat issued an order to this effect, stating that the interim relief would be paid at the rate of 27 per cent of the basic pay with monetary benefit from July 1, 2019.
After taking over as Chief Minister on May 30, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy accepted the employees request and accordingly the Cabinet, at its first meeting on June 10, approved the IR proposal. The interim relief will benefit around four lakh state government employees.
The IR would be applicable to all government employees, including those working in panchayat raj institutions and urban local bodies, government institutions receiving Grants-in-Aid, work charged employees and full-time contingent employees who were currently drawing pay in the revised scales.
The IR would, however, be not applicable to officers of the Andhra Pradesh State Higher Judicial Service, AP State Judicial Service, All India Services and those drawing salaries on UGC, AICTE, ICAR and Government of India scales. Contract staff and staff of societies, autonomous institutions and Public Sector Undertakings would also not get the 27 per cent hike.