KA govt announces revisions to salaries of KPCL and Escoms employees

60,000 employees of the KPCL and Escoms went on an indefinite strike demanding better pay and a move back to the Old Pension Scheme on Thursday.

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As a reaction to the massive strikes carried out by employees of the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) and Escoms, the Karnataka state government has announced a revision to its previous stipulations.

Starting next month, all employees of electricity supply companies and the KPCL can expect a 20 per cent increase in their pay scale, as announced by the government of Karnataka. This decision was made following discussions between State Energy Minister V Sunil Kumar and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Previously, the government had given a 17 per cent hike in basic salary to its employees in Karnataka. As per the 7th Pay Commission, the employees had demanded a temporary relief of 40 per cent increase in basic salary and a revision of salaries.

In response to their demand to scrap the New Pension Scheme (NPS) and revert to the Old Pension Scheme (OPS), the government has formed a committee under Additional Chief Secretary to study the feasibility of this proposal.

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