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Ahead of assembly polls, Himachal woos employees, others

Barely months ahead of the assembly elections, the Himachal government today decided to give additional financial incentives to its employees and pensioners.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 18, 2012 20:02 IST

Barely months ahead of the assembly elections, the Himachal government on Monday decided to give additional financial incentives to its employees and pensioners.


A cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal decided to enhance the fixed medical allowance of the government employees and pensioners from Rs 100 to Rs 250 per month with effect from April 1.

A government spokesperson told IANS that this would benefit over 80,000 people, entailing an annual expenditure of Rs 14.40 crore.

It was also decided to enhance the honorarium of computer operators, engaged under the central government's National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the rural development department, from Rs 8,000 to Rs 13,500.

For ex-servicemen and their widows, the cabinet decided to increase the monthly pension from Rs 330 to Rs 400. World War II soldiers and their widows will get a pension of Rs 750 instead of Rs 500.

Addressing a function in Bilaspur district on Sunday, Dhumal said financial benefits worth Rs 6,500 crore had been given to the government employees in the past four years.

Official sources said close to half of the annual budget of the debt-ridden state was being spent on its serving and retired employees.

According to the 2012-13 budget, out of the total expenditure of Rs 20,243.92 crore, the spending on salaries and pension is Rs 9,069.81 crore.

Himachal is likely to go to the polls for its 68-seat assembly in October.