Karsog: Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal announced 8% dearness allowance (DA) to the state government employees and pensioners in his Independence Day speech at Karsog in Mandi district.
The DA will be payable from January 2010. The DA will be given in cash from August 2010, payable in the salary of September, 2010.
The arrears would be credited to GPF accounts of the concerned employees and arrears of pensioners would be given in near future. This would benefit about 3 lakh employees of the state government and public sector undertakings and over one lac pensioners.
Dhumal also announced that daily wages of ad hoc workers will be increased from Rs.110 to Rs.120 from Oct 1 and 38 medicines will be provided free of cost for below poverty line (BPL) families in government-run health institutions.
For strengthening dairy farming in the state, the chief minister said veterinary dispensaries will be started in 80 panchayats from Sep 25.
As many as 1,150 veterinary dispensaries would be opened in each panchayat under ‘Mukhiya Mantri Arogya Pashu Dhan Yojna’ in this financial year,’ he said.
Prof. Dhumal also announced the launching of ‘Har Gaon Ki Kahani’ scheme in every district of the State by selecting one village and linking it with MNREGA for development from tourism point of view.
‘The objective of the scheme is to diversify the tourism activities and attract the visitors to the rural hinter-lands’, he said.
The 12 villages, one in each district selected under the scheme are Sahoo in Chamba District, Nerti in Kangra, Bela in Hamirpur, Nari in Una, Shamshar in Kullu, Udaipur in Lauhaul &Spiti, Brua in Kinnaur, Sangrah in Sirmour, Bania Devi in Solan, Hewen in Shimla, Salasi in Bilaspur and Baggi (Saraj) in Mandi District.
Chief Minister announced that all females would be provided the facility of free institutional delivery in government hospitals from today itself. He said that 75 health institutions had been selected in the state where facility of delivery would be available round the clock. These institutions are located in all the districts in the State.