The festive season may have ended, but the Punjab government’s gifts to its employees have not.
The Parkash Singh Badal government, which faces assembly elections in about three months, offered several concessions and sops to government employees on Wednesday.
“It’s a major Rs 800 crore bonanza to Punjab employees,” the government said, though it was not immediately clear how it arrived at that figure.
The state cabinet after a three-hour meeting decided to re-introduce the assured career progression scheme known as 4-9-14 in the pre-May 28, 2009 format, with effect from November 1. All employees retiring on or after April 1, 2012 will get all-post retirement benefits after completing 25 years of service, instead of the present mandatory 33 years.
The government also introduced a special childcare leave of one year for women. This will be in addition to maternity leave. Female employees can avail this leave till the child turns 18 years old. “The fully paid leave can be availed during the entire career in part or whole for child care. This leave could be availed any time till at least one child is below the age of 18 years,” the government spokesperson said.
Police personnel who are in service as on March 31, 2012 will get one special permanent increment. This will be in addition to the Rs 150 special grade pay to all employees in the Pay Band 3, which is Rs 10,300-34,800 with grade pay of Rs 5,400.
“Besides, their conveyance allowance would be made on a par with the ministerial staff of appropriate parity.”
“All the allowances not specifically dealt with by the 5th Punjab Pay Commission would be doubled while those left untouched by the previous pay commissions shall be made four times,” the spokesperson said.
All daily wage and work charged employees in different departments, boards and corporations who have completed 10 years of service as on December 1, 2006 will be regularised subject to fulfillment of educational qualification.
Contractual employees engaged through a transparent or competitive mechanism would be eligible for regularisation after completion of three years of service. This will extend to all government departments, boards, corporations, statuary bodies, societies and apex cooperative institutions. These benefits will be applicable from December 1, 2011.
Group ‘D’ employees such as peons, chowkidars and malis as well as drivers will get one special permanent increment. The drivers will also be entitled for special allowance of Rs 1,400 per month.
The house rent allowance (HRA) admissible to employees serving within the limits of municipal corporations of Patiala and Bathinda have been hiked from 15% to 20% so as to be on a par with the allowances in Chandigarh and Mohali. The cabinet also decided that an employee who is entitled to rent-free accommodation and is not offered such accommodation would be granted additional benefit equivalent to 5% of his revised pay over and above the normal HRA.
The cabinet also approved not to acquire land at Zirakpur without prior consent of farmers.
SAD-BJP Govt's gift
*Employees retiring on or after April 1, 2012 will get all-post retirement benefits after completing 25 years of service
*Special childcare leave of one year for female employees
*Special increment for cops, Group ‘D’ employees