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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Retirement age of state govt staff raised to 60 years

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 17, 2014
First Published: 00:41 IST(17/8/2014) | Last Updated: 09:11 IST(17/8/2014)

With assembly poll dates likely to announced any time now, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who has been power for the past about nine years, on Saturday announced to raise the retirement age of the state government employees from 58 to 60 years, 25% hike in dearness allowance and full pension after 20 years of service, besides various other benefits.

Hooda, who held a meeting with representatives of the Haryana Karamchari Mahasangh and Sarv Karamchari Sangh, said after 58 years of service, the employee would be asked whether he wanted to continue his service or seek retirement. Now onwards full pension will be allowed on completion of 20 years of service instead of 28 years of service. This would be effective with prospective effect from the date of notification.

Also, 25% increase in the allowances on DA becoming 50% and 50% increase in allowances on DA becoming 100% will be implemented.

It was also decided at the meeting that if a person working on ad hoc, daily wage or contract basis, including the persons working on contract basis through a service provider, died in harness, the family of the employee would be granted an ex-gratia of Rs. 2.5 lakh.

Hooda said a pay commission would be constituted for addressing the anomalies and deviations, which might have occurred in implementation of the recommendations of the 6th pay commission. It would grant an opportunity to the associations of employees or individual employees to represent before the commission, which would make appropriate recommendations to the state government for the removal of such anomalies and deviations.

Apart from this, the policies on regularisation of the services of certain categories of employees, which have been recently formulated by the government, would be made applicable to similarly placed persons working in boards, corporations and autonomous bodies under the state government.

The policy dated June 18, 2014, regarding regularisation of employees will also be made applicable to the ad hoc and daily wage employees who are similarly placed as contractual employees specified in the said notification.

At the meeting, it was also decided that an increase in the consolidated emoluments on a graded basis would be granted to the persons who are working for a long period of time in various departments but they could not be regularised in accordance with the policies recently formulated. Separate decision in respect of such employees working in department will be taken depending upon the facts of the individual cases.

Hooda said recently an Act had been enacted by the state legislature abolishing distinction between the technical and non-technical pay-scales. Those drawing the technical pay-scale on the date of promulgation of the ordinance, prior to enactment of the Act, their pay (technical scale) would be protected. Those persons whose technical pay-scale has been protected will continue to get ACP scales also on those technical pay-scales only.

It was also decided that the demand for revising pay-scales of child development project officers and supervisor will be considered and decided by the committee headed by the chief secretary within three days. Likewise, the state government has liberalised the policy for grant of advance for medical treatment as well as for reimbursement of medical bills. This policy will be got circulated to all the departments within three days for prompt implementation.

The chief minister said the posts, which have grade pay of  Rs. 3,200 and Rs. 3,300 in PB-2 would now get grade pay of Rs. 3,600 and those, which have grade pay of Rs. 3,600 would now get Rs. 4,000.

It was also decided at the meeting that all criminal cases registered during the three-day strike in 2014 would be withdrawn expeditiously.

Hooda said the state government had also decided in principle to end the contract system. Some employees had problems on account of non-availability of confirmed posts. In this direction, all temporary posts would be declared permanent posts.

Following the decisions taken by the chief minister, the employees' representatives thanked him.

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