In a welcome development for state government employees, the Tamil Nadu government has approved the Seventh Pay commission recommendations. The approval by Tamil Nadu cabinet will benefit thousands of teachers and government employees in the state. The total number of beneficiaries is likely to be more than 10 lakh government employees and teachers. However, the news is not so good for tipplers, as the Tamil Nadu government has decided to increase the price of liquor. The increase will impact liquor brands that are sold by the state-run agency Tasmac. The increased rates will enable the Tamil Nadu government to add around Rs 5000 crore more to its revenue. These decisions were taken today during a cabinet meeting that was chaired by Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. The cabinet took the decision based on a report submitted by a high-level committee led by finance secretary K Shanmugam.
As per the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, salaries of government employees and teachers in Tamil Nadu will witness a huge 20 percent increase. This is likely to be a reason for joy among government employees and teachers and may translate into votes for the current government. It may be recalled that government employees in the state had held various demonstrations to protest against the delay in the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. However, after the government employees were warned by the Madras High Court, they had stopped their protests.