Myanmar gives civil servants a pay rise

Myanmar on Monday increased monthly salaries for an estimated two million civil servants by 20,000 kyats (24.20 United States dollars), or around 20%, to ease the impact of inflation.

  • Published: 1/04/2013 at 12:39 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

President Thein Sein announced the raise in a speech made on television Sunday night and published by state-run newspapers Monday.

It was timed to coincide with the start of the fiscal year on April 1.

"In the proposal for the 2013-14 annual budget, I submitted a request of 385 billion kyats to parliament for the increase of salaries and pensions for civil servants, and the legislature approved this," Thein Sein said.

There are an estimated 1.2 million permanent government employees, earning an average of 100,000 kyat a month, and another 740,000 daily workers who can earn as little as 20,000 kyat a month.

Another 760,000 former employees draw government pensions, which were to be increased proportionally.

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