Asha Swarup, Chief Secretary said that financial benefits to the tune of Rs. 2682 crore were given to the employees in the shape of interim relief, dearness allowances and arrears of the 5th Pay Commission during last two years.
She was addressing the State level meeting of JCC of H.P. NGOs here today. Se said that out of Rs. one, 65 paise were being spent on salary, pension, loan interest and pay of loans etc. The annual salary bill of employees which was Rs. 3,315 crore in 2008-09 had enhanced to Rs. 4,454 crore in the year 2010-11. Likewise, the pension liabilities which stood at Rs. 1,154 crore during year 2008-09 had enhanced to Rs. 1,850 crore in the current financial year. She said that during the last two and a half years, the State Government had implemented the recommendations of 5th Punjab Pay Commission, released two DA instalments besides releasing part payment of arrears.
Chief Secretary said that State Government had given employment and filled up as many as 12,549 vacancies in different departments. Similarly 520 orphans, widows etc. were appointed on compassionate ground during this period. She said that budget provision to the tune of Rs. 53.50 crore was made under medical and TA bill heads during the year 2009-10. She assured to make adequate allocation under Medical and Travelling Allowance to clear the backlog during the current financial year.
Referring to the demand of NGOs Federation for time scale after completion of 4-9-14 years of service, Chief Secretary informed that matter will be considered in case the Punjab Government decided to take any decision in the new pay scales given under new Pay Commission of Punjab. About the demand of NGOs Federation to enhance superannuation age from 58 to 60 years, Smt. Asha Swarup maintained that if required the State Government will consider the enhancement in retiring age at the appropriate time.
Smt. Asha Swarup assured that demand of NGOs federation regarding fixed medical allowance will be considered in the Cabinet meeting.
Chief Secretary asked PWD department to ensure re-allocation of funds for maintenance of government quarters in the State.
Shri Avay Shukla, Additional Chief Secretary (Forests) told that 92 posts of guards were being filled up besides 18 range officers in the forest department.
Ms. Harinder Hira, Additional Chief Secretary-cum- Financial Commissioner (Revenue) informed that process to fill up as many as 608 posts of different categories in revenue department was going on.
Shri Prem Singh Bharmouria, President, of H.P. NGOss Federation thanked the State Government especially Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister for implementing the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission report of Punjab Government. He pleaded that the payment of arrears of Class-IV be made in lumpsum and not in instalments.
He further pleaded that fixed medical allowance of Rs. 500 be given on the pattern of Punjab Government to the employees to exercise check on the fictitious medical claims and reduce financial burden on the State Government.
Welcoming the Chief Secretary and NGOs leaders, Shri Daljeet Singh Dogra, Secretary, (Personnel) said that NGOs leaders of different department could meet the Secretaries and Heads of Departments of their respective departments to discuss their demands and problems.
Among others present on the occasion were Smt. Sarojini Thakur, Additional Chief Secretary (Environment, Urban Development and TCP), Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Special Secretaries and Heads of Departments of the State Government participated in the meeting.