HP Cabinet Decisions Sept 2017: Free medicines, Jobs, financial benefits to PTA and NPS
Shimla: Ahead of Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls 2017, the state government held a cabinet meeting on September 5, 2017. The cabinet took some major decisions aimed at pleasing the employees through financial benefits and lure unemployed by announcing filling up of vacant posts or creation of new posts in various departments.
Financial Benefits to PTA Teachers
From June 1, 2017, the PTA (GIA) teachers, who have not served on the contract basis, will get financial benefits including annual increase along with honorarium for vacation period on the notional basis at par with their counterparts.
Free Medicines and Consumables across State
The government decided that under Indira Gandhi Free Medicines Scheme, it will provide about 300 medicines (drugs) and some consumable free of cost to all the patients irrespective of any income criteria. The provision will extend to all public health facilities in the State. The government said it has set aside a budget of Rs. 71 for this scheme.
Retirement and Death Gratuity to NPS
The New Pension System (NPS) employees will now get retirement and death gratuity. It will apply from the prospective date on terms and conditions as applicable to the employees covered under CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 subject to maximum limit of 25 years of qualifying services.
Hike in Monthly Honorarium of Panchayat Chowkidars
The government also increased the honorarium of Panchayat Chowkidars from Rs. 2350 to Rs. 3050 per month – an increase of Rs. 700 per month. The Chief Minister said Rs. 300 was already enhanced earlier and with this decision, there will be an increase of total Rs. 1000 (700+300).
Jobs/Filling Up Vacant Posts
The government has decided to fill up the following vacant post or create new posts in the following departments:
- To fill up 110 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Health and Family Welfare Department on a contract basis.
- To appoint 110 staff nurses for Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Government Medical College, Chamba
- To create 96 posts of Foreman by upgrading the vacant posts of Pump Operators in IPH Department
- To fill up 20 posts of Assistant Professors (College Cadre) in Sociology and Physical Education on contract basis
- To fill up 31 backlog posts of Lecturers of various discipline in government polytechnics
- To fill up 12 posts of Publicity Assistants grade-I and 12 posts of Grade-II in Information and Public Relations Department on contract basis
- To create 4 posts of Superintendent Grade I in IPH department
- To fill up 3 posts of various categories in Institute for Children with Special Ability Dhalli
- To fill up 1 post of Research Officer in Planning Department on contract basis
- To fill up 16 posts of drivers in Forest Department through LDR amongst the Class IV and 16 posts be filled up through direct recruitment.
- To fill up one post of Ayurveda Medical Officer, 3 posts of caretaker and 1 other in Old Age Home at Basantpur.
- To fill up 2 vacant posts of Statistical Assistant by way of promotion in Social Justice and Empowerment Department
- To create 1 post of Associate Professor in Cardiac Anesthesia Department of IGMC Shimla
- To create 1 post of Assistant Professor (Neuro Anesthesia) in IGMC, Shimla by creating Neuro Anesthesia Cell
- To create and fill 1 post of Law Officer in State Women Commission
- To fill 6 posts of artists in Information and Public Relations Department on contract basis through direct recruitment
- To create and fill up 6 posts in H.P. State Legal Services Authority
- The cabinet decided to absorb the surplus number of employees in education department who hold essential qualifications for the post of clerk as per R&P Rules on the secondment basis.
The Cabinet also decided to increase the cadre strength of HPAS from 206 to 228 as per the recommendations of Cadre Review Committee.
The Cabinet said the World Bank and JICA assisted projects in Forest Department namely HP Forest for Prosperity Project (FPP) and HP Forest Ecosystem Management and Livelihoods Improvement Project (HPFEM LIP) now in the preparation phase.
It would be executed by re-positioning of the externally aided posts including the Mid Himalayan Watershed Development Project and Swan River Project.
The government said the headquarter of FPP will be set up at Una while that of HPFEM LIP will be at Kullu/Shamshi with one regional office at Rampur.
Both the projects require about 67 people as manpower in the preparation phase.