India Lightning strike delays salary of over 4 lakh Odisha government employees

17:16  15 april  2018
17:16  15 april  2018 Source:   hindustantimes.com

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A thunderstorm earlier this month has delayed salaries for more than 4 lakh employees of the Odisha state government.

A power failure triggered by a lightening strike during a Norwester damaged servers needed to dispense the March salaries, state finance minister Shashi Bhushan Behera said.

The servers in the Human Resources Management System (HRMS) house the database and application software required to carry out personnel transaction of government employees online.

Employees usually get their pay at the end of a month, or latest by the first week of the next month, and are directly credited to their bank accounts through the system.

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Arrear from the month of July, 2014 to September, 2014 on account of the enhanced DA, shall not be drawn before the date of disbursement of salary of October, 2014. This will benefit about 4 lakh employees of the State Government .

The DA, which will benefit over four lakh Odisha government employees and three lakh pensioners, will go up from the existing 119 per cent to 125 per cent, which would come into force with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016. What is the first month salary of new Central Government employees ?

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“The strike caused a technical glitch in the system. As there is no manual system, employees have to wait till the system is made functional again. It would take a few days before the system is set right,” said Behera.

The HRMS server is kept in the premises of Software Technology Park of India, Bhubaneswar. Special secretary of general administration department, AK Meena, who is in charge of HRMS, said the power failure caused a sudden glitch in the system. “We have now managed to bring the system back to order. The salaries will be given soon,” he added.

Government employees are feeling the pinch due to this delay, according to Prabhat Debata, president of Cuttack district government employees association.

“We are yet to get the March salary. Class III and IV employees are facing a lot of difficulties while having to buy daily provisions,” said Debata.

In the current financial year, Odisha earmarked Rs 22,021 crore for salaries of government employees.


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