13 July 2018:
In the two day assembly session, Chief Minister and Leader of the House Shri Pawan Chamling implemented the 7th Pay Commission, and the arrears will be paid in instalments over a period of three years. He explained that the arrears cannot be paid at one instance due to financial constraints and time will be needed to prioritise on the overall development of the State. He also mentioned that many of the States are yet to implement the recommendations of the 6th and 7th Pay Commission, and Sikkim is way ahead in its implementation. The pay revision and allowances have been increased and have been placed higher than that of the Central Government and also the perceived reduction in House Rent Allowance is the impact of rationalization at the National level. However, in actuality, the HRA in the State has increased substantially.
In the assembly the Leave Travel Concession has been introduced and the Transportation Allowance has been enhanced and has been extended to all levels in the hierarchy. The incentive for higher qualified staff nurse is also introduced. Further, the Government is exploring all possibilities to accommodate the temporary employees who have rendered over five years of service and with that risk allowance for fire personnel and electricians are also given. Lastly, the government also introduced the family pension.