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HP announces 4 pc DA to employees, pensioners

SNS | Shimla |

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced Dearness Allowance (DA) of four per cent to state government employees and pensioners from January, 2017 to be incorporated in salary of September, 2017 and to be paid in October.

In his address on the Independence Day celebrations at Rampur Bushehr, the CM said, “It was a hard-earned independence and we salute the freedom fighters and our countrymen who laid their lives for attaining Independence.”

He said unemployment was the biggest issue when the government came to power. Fulfilling its commitment as promised in its election manifesto, the state government declared unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 per month to unemployed having 10 plus two or above qualification.

“The youth with disability were being given an unemployment allowance of Rs 1,500 per month.”

Singh said that emoluments of contract employees have been enhanced from 50 per cent to 75 per cent of grade pay and wages of daily wagers have been increased from Rs.150 to Rs.210 besides many other benefits to employees and pensioners. Singh said as many as 31,991 youth have been provided employment in the private sector by organising 42 job fairs and holding 949 campus interviews and besides this, around 63,000 were employed in the Public Sector and an almost equal number of employment avenues were generated in the private sector, he added.

The CM said that the government announced regularisation of contract employees after three years of service. He said during these years, the state has achieved spectacular progress in the field of health, education and inclusive growth. He said the government paid special attention to welfare and upliftment of the weaker sections of the society. Social security pension had been enhanced from Rs 450 to Rs 700 per month there by benefitting around 3,89,168 old-aged, widows and physically challenged.

He said the construction of roads was on the priority agenda of the government and special emphasis was being laid to provide road connectivity to the remotest corners of the state. As many as 2,314 kilometres (Km) of new roads and 215 bridges have been constructed during over last four and a half years and 864 villages were provided road connectivity.