HP cabinets Okays financial bonanza for its employees

Shimla/August 8

In the run up to the assembly election the Himachal Pradesh cabinet here on Wednesday approved financial bonanza to its more than 2 lakhs employees.

Himachal Cabinet in its meeting held here granted approval for introduction of Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACPS) , 4-9-14, for the employees of the state government with effect from August 27, 2009. It also decided restoration of old (8-16-24-32) ACPS with effect from August 27, 2009. In both the schemes the notional benefit will be given w.e.f. August 27, 2009, while actual benefit will accrue from the date of notification.

The cabinet also decided to review its earlier decision taken on July 27 for granting ACPS to eight specific categories who will also now get actual benefit from the date of notification while notional benefit will be available w.e.f. August 27, 2009 on the pattern of the new schemes approved on Wednesday.  Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal presided over the meeting.
It was decided to regularize the services of contractual employees working in different departments of the state government who have been recruited after completion of all codal formalities and who have completed 6years of regular service and fits into the eligibility criteria determined for regularization in this regard. Contractual employees shall also be treated at par with regular employees with regard to their transfer on completion of three years of service at one station which will be applicable from next session. Part Time employees will now be promoted as daily wagers on completion of 9 years of service instead of 10years. Contractual employees will also be eligible for annual non-transferable medical leave of 10 days. It has further been decided to provide compassionate employment to the next of the kin of the contractual employees who dies while in active service and whose family is in dire necessity of financial assistance.
Cabinet decided to consider all eligible cases of compassionate employment in accordance with the policy dated January 18, 1990.
It was decided to introduce Elementary Meritorious Scholarship Scheme in the state by providing them an annual scholarship of Rs.800, selecting 4 students, 2 girls and 2 boys, studying in class VI to VIII, from each Education Block. The Scheme aims at motivating students to inculcate spirit of competitiveness at elementary level itself.
It was decided to enhance minimum assured monthly retaining fee of Takniki Sahayak from Rs.4,000 to Rs. 5,500 w.e.f. April 1, 2012 and the decision will benefit 1,200Takniki Sahayaks. The decisions entailan annual expenditure of Rs 8 crore.

It was decided to provide annual honorarium of Rs.2,000 to all 3,670 Nambardars in the state entailing an expenditure of Rs.73.40 lakhs per annum.
It also gave its nod to fill up vacancies of 25 Excise Inspectors in the Department of Excise and Taxation through direct recruitment.
It was approved to amend the draft The Indian Stamp (Himachal Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2012, for placing the same before the HP State Legislative Assembly during coming Monsoon Session. It was decided to approve the draft of The Himachal Pradesh Ceiling on Land Holdings (Amendment) Bill, 2012, for placing the same before the HP State Legislative Assembly during coming Monsoon Session.
Cabinet further decided to reduce VAT from 13.75 percent to 5 percent on the sale of goods to non-dealers like Defence /Central Government Departments/Central/ Public Undertakings in order to avoid the tax loss being caused due to less tax in neighbouring States.