HP cabinet approves Grade Pay to its employees from Oct 1

Shimla/ Sept 9

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet in its Meeting held here today granted formal approval to the announcement of the Chief Minister to release post based re-revised pay structures and grade pays to the State Government Employees based of Punjab pattern from October 1, 2012, benefitting large number of employees in the State.  The additional annual burden on this account would be over Rs. 550 crore per annum.  It further granted approval to the introduction and implementation of  Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACPS) under three-tier system of  4-9-14 to all categories of State Employees w.e.f. 27th August, 2009, to benefit large number of employees working in different Departments by getting placement in higher pay scales.

Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, presided over the Meeting.

In fulfillment of the announcement of the Chief Minister, it was decided to notify revised enhanced daily wages from Rs. 130 to Rs. 150 from September 1, 2012, with additional 25 percent wages to daily wagers working in tribal areas.  The revised daily wages shall be applicable in private sector as well.

It was decided to introduce Award Scheme to the technical employees, engaged in  various construction activities, with a view to inspire others to complete the projects within the allotted time frame and save on time and money. Each Award shall comprise of cash Award of Rs. 51,000 in cash, one shawl, a cap, a plaque and a letter of appreciation.  In case the award is shared by a team every member shall be getting equal share of the prize along with other honours.  Awards shall be presented by the Chief Minister on Himachal Day every year.

It was approved to grant the pay scale of Rs. 15,600-39,100 with a Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400 to the regular Ayurvedic Medical Officers while Senior Ayurvedic Medical Officers shall be given  grade pay of Rs. 6,000.  4 posts of Deputy Directors have also been created to provide more promotional avenues to District Ayurvedic Medical officers/Medical Superintendents.

It was also approved to provide equal financial benefits to the Ayurvedic Medical Officers engaged under Rogi Kalyan Samiti equal to the contractual Government Ayurvedic Medical Officers.

It was approved to release the pay scales and other revised service benefits to all teaching and non-teaching categories of officers in higher technical institutions in the State.

It was approved  to also grant daily wages of Rs. 240 instead of fixed monthly amount to such Technical Assistants in Panchayati Raj Department who have  completed 10 years of service, subject to their satisfactory performance.

It was approved to enhance subsidy under Horticulture Technology Mission and Minor Irrigation Scheme from 50 percent to 80 percent and from 55 percent to 80 on construction of Grading Packing Houses and to bring it at par with the subsidy benefits available to beneficiaries under Pandit Deen Dayal Kisaan Baagwan Samridhi Yojna.

It was also approved to give final shape to the ownership right to the possession holders of constructed buildings within the limits of Municipal Corporation, Shimla, by taking payment @  Rs. 1,000 per square meter in Bazar Ward Bara Shimla, Up-Mohal Krishna Nagar; Rs. 900 per square meter in Bazar  Ward Lakkar Bazar, Bazar Ward Boileauganj;Rs. 800 per square meter in Bazar Ward Chhota Shimla area.  However, it would be mandatory for the landlords to obtain permission under Section 118 of the Himachal Pradesh Land Reforms Act, 1972.

It was approved to launch Atal Scholarship Scheme to provide cash incentive of Rs. 31,000 to the students belonging to Himachal Pradesh who secure admission in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

It was further approved to launch Kalpana Chawla Scholarship Scheme to 2,000 topper girl students of plus two of the State by providing the man annual scholarship of Rs. 15,000 for three years to facilitate them in carrying forward with their vocational and higher educational pursuits.

It was approved to sell equity share of power from1500 MW Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited Project, Nathpa Jhakri to West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL).

It was also approved to make arrangements for sale of Government of Himachal Pradesh entitlement of power in different HEPs beyond December 31, 2012.

It was decided to allow extension  to Non-Achiever IPPS of HEPs by charging1/3rd of the total chargeable amount or Rs. 5.00 lakh, whichever is more, which had be deposited beforehand and balance amount paid within the extension period with additional 12 percent for the entire period of delay.

It was approved to open new office of the Regional Transport Officer at Baddi, in district Solan and Nurpur in district Kangra.