The Mizoram government has decided to set up a committee to study the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations even as it agreed in principle to implement it in the state.
This was decided at a meeting of the Council of Ministers last evening.
The 42,457 regular state government employees would require additional allocation of Rs 563 crore annually if the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations were implemented, state finance department officials said.
Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma said that at present, 36-37 per cent of the total state annual budget is used for paying off the salaries of the state government employees.
The expenditure on salaries did not include the salaries of employees of Lai, Mara and Chakma autonomous district councils, teachers working in deficit schools and contract and muster roll workers, Lalmalsawma said.
The meeting also approved the proposal for creation of 629 new posts for the proposed establishment of the lone Medical College – Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) – at the Falkawn village near Aizawl.