Cabinet to decide enhancing retirement age of employees : Virbhadra Sing
INVC NEWS Shimla, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today announced that the issues regarding enhancing the retirement age of the employees of the state government to 60 years and providing them benefit of 4-9-14 would be taken up in the state cabinet meeting. Shri Virbhadra Singh, who attended the inaugural session of the meeting of Joint Consultative Committee of the H.P Non-Gazetted Employees Federation organized, here today also announced Dearness Allowance to the employees due from July, 2016 besides enhancing the Capital Allowance and Tribal Allowance in proportion. He said the employees were backbone of the government who had been enormously contributing for the development of the State. The State government had always maintained cordial relations with its employees and all of their genuine demands had always been considered along-with providing them a number of benefits from time to time. Chief Secretary Shri V.C Pharka said the employees were the integral part of the government and it was due to their hard work that Himachal Pradesh had emerged as role model for the development of hilly states. He said the state government has always been considerate to the demands of the employees and their genuine demands would be considered in future as well. While discussing agenda items of the meeting, Shri Pharka said that the cases of anomalies particularly in Grade Pay should be sent to him through the Secretaries concerned for further examination and redressal. On the issue of qualification bar of 10+2 and one time relaxation in promotion for class-IV employees to the post of clerk, he said an appropriate decision would be taken soon by the government. He said the State Government has filled thousands of posts in different departments during last four years and vacant functional posts of exigency would be filled up soon for which he asked the departments to send proposals. The Chief Secretary directed all the departments for expediting the promotion cases so that incumbent could get timely benefit. He also directed that the Recruitment and Promotion rules should be framed after consultation of NGO Associations and these directions must be adhered in letter and spirit. He also directed to expedite the cases of pending enquiries and departmental proceedings on priority basis and submit monthly report to the government on these matters. As regards the pending Medical Reimbursement and Travel Allowance claims, he said Rs. 5 crore had been released recently for the pensioner's claims. He directed to submit supplementary demand for release of funds for the claims of the other employees. He assured to decide the issue of grade pay to the Horticulture Extension Officers at par with Agriculture Extension Officers. On the demand of construction of public toilets at SDA complex, Shimla, Shri Pharka said the matter would be taken up with Municipal Corporation. To overcome the housing demand of the employees, he said the government was making all out efforts to construct accommodation besides renovating the existing ones. On the demand of restoring 117 posts of Superintendents Grade-I in Education department and joint ministerial cadre in Higher and Elementary Education, he asked the departments concerned to submit concrete proposal so that some permanent solution could be made. The Chief Secretary directed all the departments to regularly holding of JCC meetings. President, H.P Non-Gazetted Employees Federation Shri S.S Jogta thanked the Chief Minister for providing various facilities and fulfilling all demands of the employees. He said Shri Virbhadra Singh has always been true benefactor of the employees and always protected their interests as a Chief Ministership of the state. Secretary General Shri Gopal Sharma, Senior Vice President Shri Gian Singh Thakur, Trilok Thakur, Shri Rajiv Thakur and other office bearers of the Federation also participated in the discussion on various issues. Additional Chief Secretaries Shri Tarun Shridhar, Dr. Shrikant Baldi and Shri Narender Chauhan, Principal Secretary Shri Tarun Kapoor, Secretaries, head of the departments, representatives of District level NGO Associations of various Departments participated in the meeting.