Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting, held on today on May 24, 2018, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, decided to give its approval to relax the condition prospectively for grant of full pension on completion of 33 years of qualifying service to all class-III and class-IV government employees who seek voluntary/premature retirement by modifying the notification issued by Finance Department on November 11, 2014.
Earlier, the State Government vide notification referred above has inserted a provision that the Government employees seeking voluntary/premature retirement in their own interest and have rendered minimum service of 20 years but less than 33 years shall be entitled to pro-rata pension against 33 years. Meaning thereby, such government employees shall be entitled to get a full pension only on completion of 33 years of qualifying service.
It also gave nod to the draft notification of ‘Mukhya Mantri Swavlamban Yojana- 2018. The scheme, the Government claimed, would promote self-employment opportunities in the State and provide livelihood to local youth by encouraging local entrepreneurship.
It also decided to launch ‘Himachal Grihni Suvidha Yojna’ for women empowerment and environmental conservation in the State. Under this scheme, the State Government would provide security for LPG connections and Gas Stove to remaining households which were not covered under ‘Ujjawala’ Scheme being run by the Central Government.
Jobs in Various HP Government Departments
The Government would fill up 333 posts of different categories on contract basis in National Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh. Other than this, it was decided to fill up following posts in various departments:
- 38 posts of teaching staff to man some of the educational institutions
- 15 vacant posts of staff nurses in Kamla Nehru Mother and Child State Hospital, Shimla
- 10 posts of drivers in Agriculture Department on a daily wage basis
- 7 posts of Welfare Organizers in Sainik Welfare Department on a contract basis
- 6 posts of Manual Assistant in Weight and Measure Organization of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis through direct recruitment
- 7 vacant posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Scheduled Caste, Other Backwards Classes, Minorities and Specially Abled Empowerment Department through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission Hamirpur on a contract basis
- 4 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) on contract basis through direct recruitment in Electrical Inspectorate of MPP and Power Department
- 5 posts of various categories in Panchayati Raj Department to man the Camp Office at Thunag in Home Constituency of the Chief Minister
- One post pharmacist each and one post class-IV employee each in Primary Health Centres at Buhar, Marotan, Gahgori, Guru Ka Lahaur, Malyawar and Rishikesh in Bilaspur district and PHC Chakmoh in Hamirpur district
The annual scholarship under ‘Dr. Ambedkar Medhavi Chhatravriti Yojna’ has been increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12000. It also increased the number of students eligible for this scholarship in Class XI and XII from 2000 to 2500.
The Government has decided to fill up posts to match the need of some school, which were upgraded in the meeting. These institutes include Government Middle School, Jhudowal in Una district that was upgraded to Government High School and Government Middle Schools Piplagaloo, Naun, Janjhar and Burahta in Mandi district which were also upgraded to Government High Schools. It also decided to upgrade Government High School Tarour in Mandi district to Government Senior Secondary School, Government High Schools, Churdi and Sasan in Una district to Senior Secondary Schools.
Regarding HP Panchayati Raj Institutions
The Cabinet gave its approval to increase the honorarium of the following office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State:
- For Chairman Zila Parishad from Rs. 8000 to Rs. 11000
- For Vice Chairman of Zila Parishad from Rs. 6000 to Rs. 7500
- For Member Zila Parishad from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
- For Chairman Panchayat Samiti from 5,000 to Rs. 6500
- For Vice Chairman, Panchayat Samiti from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500
- For Member Panchayat Samiti from 3000 to Rs. 4000,
- For Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000
- For Up Pradhan Gram Panchayat from Rs. 2200 to Rs. 2500
Similarly, meeting allowance of member Gram Panchayat has been enhanced to Rs. 240 per meeting from existing Rs. 225 with maximum two meetings in a month.
Regarding Anganwari Workers/Helpers
The Government has enhanced State share of the honorarium of anganwari workers from Rs. 1450 to Rs. 1750, anganwari helpers from Rs. 600 to Rs.900 and mini anganwari workers from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1050 per month.
With this enhancement, now the anganwari workers will get an honorarium of Rs. 4750, anganwari helpers will get Rs. 2400 and mini anganwari workers will receive an honorarium of Rs. 3300 per month.
Related to Power
The Cabinet while reviewing the departmental working of MPP and Power Department decided to make electricity complaint system more effective, especially the installation of new connections. It also stressed to bring distribution losses on zero basis. It also stressed to form quick action team at the divisional level.
It also emphasized the need for making arrangements of Solar cookers in Mid Day meal programme and anganwari centres.
It stressed the need to solve the problem of low voltage and inventory system should be adopted so that there is no shortage.
The Cabinet also decided to open Health Sub Centre at Gram Panchayat Tharu and upgrade Primary Health Centre Baroh to Community Health Centre in Kangra district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts to manage these health institutes.
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HP Govt Employees to Get Higher Pay Scale on Completion of Two Years of Service: CM Jairam
Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government employees working in different departments before January 3, 2022, would be given a higher scale at par with other employees on completion of two years tenure of regular service. A higher pay scale was also announced for the Junior Office Assistants (IT) on completion of two years of regular service.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur made these announcements during the Karamchari Maha Sammelan of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation at the hotel Peterhof on Sunday.
He appreciated the role played by the employee especially frontline workers in the battle against the pandemic.
He said most of the government employees in the state have been given revised pay scales and on average, every employee has got the benefit of a 12 to 15 percent salary hike. There has also been an increase in the pension of about 1.50 lakh pensioners of the state. The financial benefits of Rs. 7801 crore have been given to state government employees and pensioners from the year 2018 to 2022. The pensioners who retired before 2016 are getting the benefit of a 15 to 20 percent increase in the pension while around 40 thousand pensioners who retired after 2016 would be benefitted soon, he said.
He said the daily wages were Rs. 210 in the year 2017 which has been increased by the present state government to Rs. 350. Similarly, 12 per cent interim relief annually has been provided to government employees and pensioners during the present government’s tenure. He said the Himachal government has provided Dearness Allowance to its employees and pensioners on the lines of Punjab and Central governments from the due date. The Punjab government has given only 5 percent interim relief to the employees while the Himachal government has provided 21 percent interim relief to its employees.
“Out of the total interim relief amount given to the employees and pensioners amounting to about Rs. 6500 crore, Rs. 3500 crore has been paid during the tenure of our government” added the Chief Minister.
He said that the state government has increased the government contribution for NPS employees from 10 percent to 14 percent benefitting more than one lakh employees. The NPS employees are being given the benefits of retirement and death gratuity at par with employees falling under the old pension scheme. The government has also increased the upper limit of death gratuity from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh.
The Chief Minister said the state government has also increased the honorarium of para-workers working in various departments. The salary of outsource workers has been hiked by Rs 1,500 per month.
Non-Gazetted Employees Federation President Ashwani Thakur thanked the Chief Minister for providing various financial and other benefits to different categories of government employees.
Most Covid Restrictions to be Lifted From March 31, Mask and Hand Hygiene to Continue
New Delhi-The Centre has issued a notification to the States informing that the provisions of the Disaster Management (DM) Act, 2005 will not be invoked in the country after March 31. The Union Health Ministry said that the use of face masks and following hand hygiene will continue.
It implies that most of the Covid-related rules and restrictions would end.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued the notification which said that the decision was taken following the overall improvement in the situation and the preparedness of the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, local authorities and State police can still invoke fines and criminal cases against persons violating COVID-19 norms under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a senior government official said.
The DM Act was invoked on March 24, 2020, due to the pandemic
“Over the last seven weeks or so there has been a steep decline in the number of cases. The total caseload in the country stands at 23,913 only and the daily positivity rate has declined to 0.28%. It is also worth mentioning that with the combined efforts, a total of 181.56 Cr vaccine doses have been administered,” the notification said.
“I would like to mention that in view of the nature of the disease, we still need to remain watchful of the situation. Wherever any surge in the number of cases is observed, the States/UTs may consider taking prompt and proactive action at a local level, as advised by MoHFW (Health Ministry) from time to time,” the notification said.
The Indian government had issued various guidelines and measures for the first time on March 24, 2020, under the Disaster Management Act to curb the COVID-19 situation in the country, which have been modified several times thereafter.
India currently has 23,087 active COVID-19 cases and recorded 1,778 new cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours. The daily positivity rate has also declined to 0.28%.
HP Cabinet Decisions: Country Liquor Made Cheaper in New Excise Policy, Read All Decisions
Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on March 20, 2022, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.
The excise policy for the financial year 2022-23 was approved. Approval was also given for the renewal of retail excise vends in the state for the financial year 2022-23 at the renewal fees of 4% of the value of unit/vend.
The State Government said that wants to enhance the government revenue and curb the smuggling of country liquor from the neighbouring states by a reduction in its price.
The brands of Country Liquor will be cheaper as license fees have been reduced. This will help in providing good quality liquor at a cheaper rate to the consumers.
In the new excise policy, the 15% fixed quota of country liquor for manufacturers and bottlers to be supplied to the retail licensees has been abolished. According to the government, this step will give the retail licensees to lift their quota from the suppliers of their choice and further assure the supply of good quality country liquor at competitive prices. The MRP of country liquor will be cheaper by 16% of the existing price.
In this year’s policy, the Gaudhan Vikas Nidhi Fund has been enhanced by Re.1/- from the existing Rs.1.50 to Rs.2.50.
The fixed annual license fee of Bars has been rationalized by abolishing the area-specific slabs of license fee. Now throughout the State, there will be uniform license slabs based upon the room capacity in hotels.
Rates of the annual fixed license fee of Bars in the tribal areas has been reduced considerably.
Further, all the above stakeholders will have to install CCTV cameras at their establishments as it was made mandatory for them.
Wholesale vends and retail vends, the penalty provisions under the H.P. Excise Act, 2011 have been made more stringent.
An end to end online Excise Administration System would be established in Himachal Pradesh, the government said.
HP Government estimates a collection of Rs 2131 crore revenue during the year, which will be Rs. 264 crores higher than the financial year 2021-22 – growth of 14% in state excise revenues.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to amend Himachal Pradesh Disaster Relief Manual-2012 to include deaths due to biting of honey bees, hornet and wasps, accidental drowning and deaths due to accidents of vehicles (including land, water and air) under this Manual.
The Cabinet gave its approval for filling up 11 posts of ‘A’ Class Tehsildar in Revenue Department through direct recruitment on regular basis through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.
HP State Toll Policy 2022-23
The HP Cabinet also gave its nod to HP State Toll Policy for the year 2022-23 which envisages auction cum tender for all the toll barriers in the State. During the year 2021-22, toll revenue has registered a growth of 20 percent of the previous year’s revenue.