Himachal’s Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday said that the state government has agreed in principle to constitute Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) for the pensioners to fulfill their demands.
While addressing mediapersons in Sundernagar in Mandi district, Singh said that despite financial constraints, the state government is considerate toward the genuine demands of its employees and pensioners and they have been given various benefits from time to time.
“Our government had enhanced the pension of pensioners and family pensioners of pre-2006 period upto 50 percent and 30 percent respectively of the minimum of the pay in the pay band. Further, we have enhanced the benefits at the time of retirement form January 1, 2006 as per the recommendations of Pay Commission and from this period the limit of gratuity had also been enhanced in all cases from Rs 3.50 lakh to Rs 10 lakh,” Singh said, adding that the fixed medical allowance had also been enhanced from Rs 250 to Rs 350 from April 2013.
Singh said that Government will consider the demand of the state pensioners to convert five percent pension allowance into additional pension keeping in view the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules and State resources. “The state government will ensure timely reimbursement of the medical bills of the pensioners and so far Rs 50 crore had already been allotted to different departments under this head,” the Chief Minister said, adding that Himachal Pradesh had emerged as one of the most developed state in the country the credit for which goes to the employees and those who had retired by giving their valuable services in implementing the government’s policies and programs in true spirit. The Chief Minister added that employees should come forward to work with more dedication besides the guidance of the pensioners and their vast experience will be fruitful in the development of the state.