Kolkata:   Months ahead of the state assembly polls, the West Bengal government on Saturday set up the Sixth Pay Commission for reviewing the salaries and other emoluments and promotional policies of its own personnel and certain other categories of employees.
 
The decision comes eight days after the central government constitutes the Sixth Pay Commission for its staffers and other employees.
 
With the state employees lagging far behind their central counterparts in the dearness allowance component of their salary, there was much pressure on the West Bengal government to set up the commission.
 
Indian Statistical Institute professor Abhirup Sarkar, who is a noted economist, would head the pay panel, official sources said.
 
The commission would submit its report within six months, according to state finance department. 
 
As per its terms of reference, the commission would examine the present promotion policies and related issues and offer suggestion for carrying out suitable changes.
 
The jurisdiction of the panel covers teaching and non-teaching staff of government aided and sponsored educational institutions and employees of public undertakings, panchayats and other local bodies.
 
Assembly polls in West Bengal are scheduled around May.