CM Jai Ram Thakur: Can’t give benefit to staff under NPS

Shimla, August 3

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today said considering the financial crisis in the state, the government was not in a position to grant additional relief on death and disability to employees covered under the new pension scheme (NPS). He was replying to a question raised by Rakesh Singha, CMP MLA, during Question Hour here.

"The benefit has already been granted to these employees but we are facing a financial crunch, which has been aggravated by Covid. If the financial health improves, we will consider granting them the relief," he said.

Thakur said so far only Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Assam had taken this decision. He informed the House that 2,114 employees, including 590 in the PWD, had died in the state since 2003 while in service in various departments. He added that though Himachal follows Punjab in employee matters, it was not binding on the government to adopt the scheme.

Asked by Rajeev Bindal about the expected employment to be generated due to the proposed Rs 25,000 crore investment after the Global Investors' Meet, Industry Minister Bikram Singh said that about 50,000 jobs would be created. — TNS

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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