Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday announced an increase in the wages of daily wagers from Rs 70 to Rs 75 per day and said the increase will be applicable on all public sector and private sector employees.
The increase of Rs five in the wages of the daily wagers would be applicable from January 1 next year, he said while speaking after the flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of the 60th Independence Day celebrations.
He took the guard-of-honour presented by security personnel and the NCC cadets.
Several ministers, MLAs and important dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
Singh said daily wagers, who had completed eight years of service on March 31, 2004 would be regularised in a phase manner, while bringing all the daily wagers under the state's regularisation policy.
The state government has urged the Centre to include Shimla, Mandi and Kangra districts in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) besides Chamba and Sirmaur districts where it was already under implementation, he said.
He said the scheme would provide at least 100 days of employment to below poverty line families in the state.
Refuting reports in a section of the press that there was a complete ban on recruitment in the government sector, he said over 50,000 vacancies had been filled during the last three years, while 35,000 employment avenues would be created during this fiscal alone.