Up to 20% hike in salary for Himachal employees

Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 27

The Himachal Pradesh Government today announced new pay scales for its employees, giving them a hike in the range of 15-20 per cent. The government also reduced the period of contractual service for regularisation from three years to two.

Addressing representatives of the Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Federation here, Thakur said the new pay scales would be effective from January 1, 2016. The pay of January 2022 would be payable in February as per revised pay scales, he said.

Panel to be formed

  • A committee will be constituted for appointments on compassionate grounds under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary
  • The committee will give its presentation in the next Cabinet meeting

The revised salary and pension would put an additional burden of Rs 6,000 crore annually on the exchequer.

"The state has been spending about 43 per cent of its total budget on employees and pensioners, which will rise up to 50 per cent after implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission," the Chief Minister said.

He said all pensioners would also be given revised pension and other benefits with effect from January 1, 2016. The dearness allowance and dearness relief would be given on revised pay scales and revised pension.

Thakur also announced implementation of New Pension System (Invalid Pension and Family Pension) from May 15, 2003, which would put an additional burden of Rs 250 crore on the exchequer. He said reduction in contractual service by one year would also be implemented for daily wage employees, part-time workers, water guards and water carriers. He announced release of additional Rs 10 crore for clearance of pending medical bills.

The CM decided to form a committee for appointment on compassionate grounds. The panel would give its presentation in the next Cabinet meeting.

He said the government would also consider to providing tribal allowance to daily wage and contract employees serving in the tribal areas. The CM said in four years, the state had enhanced the DA of employees and pensioners by 22 per cent and benefits of Rs 1,320 crore were provided to them.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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