In a Diwali bonanza, the Haryana government on Wednesday announced a 14.32% hike in salary for its 2.5 lakh employees with effect from January 1, 2016.
The pay hike was approved by the state council of ministers at its meeting held here under the chairmanship of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The cabinet approved the increase on the basis of report of a committee of top officers that examined the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).
However, no decision has been taken on allowances in the absence of a clear view from the Centre.
Announcing the pay hike after the cabinet meeting, Khattar said Haryana would be the first state in the country to give the benefit of 7th CPC to its employees.
The CM described the pay increase as 32% over the basic pay. The hike would benefit employees of Group-A, B, C and D.
The committee, which was constituted under chief secretary Depinder Singh Dhesi in August this year, had additional chief secretary P Raghavendra Rao, additional chief secretary, health, Rajan Gupta; principal secretary, power, Anurag Rastogi as members. The committee had submitted its report to the chief minister last week.
Khattar also said that contractual employees such as Anganwadi workers and data entry operators and those engaged under the outsourcing policy would also be benefitted in the same proportion in which the other employees would get the benefit of the pay revision.
The departments concerned have been asked to submit their proposals in this regard within a week. Also, the risk allowance of `5,000 per month admissible to the police personnel would continue up to March 31, 2017, whereas earlier it was admissible up to 2015.
5 TOLL PLAZAS TO BE CLOSED, 3 TO COME UP
The Cabinet also approved the proposal of the public works (building and roads) department to close five toll points after the expiry of their present agreement and instal three new toll points in the state, near inter-state borders.
The five toll points which are to be closed include those on Gurugram-Pataudi road (from December 12, 2016), Gurgaon-Farrukh Nagar-Jhajjar road (already closed), Neval Gheer Garhi Birbal road (from November 30, 2016), Pehowa-Ladwa-Saharanpur Haridwar road (from November 15, 2016) and Karnal Rambha Indri Ladwa road (from November 15, 2016).
The three new toll points would come up on Palwal-Jewar-Aligarh road, Ateli to Kheri road in Mahendragarh district and Narnaul-Koriawas-Rambass road up to the Rajasthan border in Mahendragarh district.
POSTS TAKEN OUT OF HPSC PURVIEW
The cabinet also approved the proposal to take the Group A and B posts of three government medical colleges out of the purview of Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC).These are Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar in Nuh district and Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College, Karnal
TAX ON LUXURIES
The cabinet also approved amendments in the provisions of the Haryana Tax on Luxuries Rules, 2008, in order to facilitate the proprietors registered under the Haryana Tax on Luxuries Act, 2007, and to implement electronic governance in the fields of registration amendment, cancellation of registration certificate, returns and payment of tax.
It approved the amendments in the provisions of the Punjab Entertainment Duty Act, 1955 to make provision for implementation of electronic governance under the Act and the rules framed thereunder. The scope of definition of ‘entertainment’ has also been expanded to include entertainments provided by the direct to home (DTH) services and cable service providers.
After this amendment, the state government will be able to levy tax on cable service providers and on DTH Services.
The cabinet also approved rationalisation of entertainment duty. The rate of duty on cinematograph exhibitions would remain at 30% and rate of duty on all other entertainments, including amusement parks, fun parks and cultural activities has been fixed at 15%.
MAIN FEATURES OF SALARY HIKE
· Around 2.5 lakh employees of Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Group-A, B, C and D) to get a hike of 32% over basic pay
· Against 32 existing grade pays, 21 pay levels have been prescribed
· Around 2 lakh employees of Group A, B and C will have identical pay levels at par with central employees
· Inter-departmental disparities to be settled, demand of Group-C employees for central pattern to be met to a large extent
· Pay of all employees will be fixed uniformly by multiplying a fitment factor of 2.57 and the resultant figure will be placed in the same/next cell of relevant level
· Group-D posts have been retained on the demand of major employees unions and the administrative needs of the state.
· Assured Career Progression (ACP) will be more attractive for Group-C and D employees. About 1 lakh employees (40,000 of Group-D and 60,000 of Group-C) will be benefited due to higher ACP structure