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HP Government scraps one-year extension benefit for govt employees

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday told the ongoing budget session of the legislative assembly that the government has decided to scrap the one-year extension benefit provided to retiring employees and to retire all those who had availed of the benefit so far by March 31. Replying to a question by Nahan MLA Rajiv Bindal and Dharampur MLA Mahender Singh, he said in the period between August 16, 2013 to October 31, 2014 the government had given extension to 1,616 employees of 90 different departments, boards and corporations.

punjab Updated: Mar 24, 2015 00:07 IST
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Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday told the ongoing budget session of the legislative assembly that the government has decided to scrap the one-year extension benefit provided to retiring employees and to retire all those who had availed of the benefit so far by March 31. Replying to a question by Nahan MLA Rajiv Bindal and Dharampur MLA Mahender Singh, he said in the period between August 16, 2013 to October 31, 2014 the government had given extension to 1,616 employees of 90 different departments, boards and corporations.

"The government paid Rs. 6.93 crore in monthly salaries and allowances. Rs. 3,46,37,418 was paid as salaries while Rs. 3,47,15,779 was paid as allowances. In 254 cases a house or apartment was allotted to employees whose services were extended, while no such benefit was provided in the rest 1,362 cases." Virbhadra told the house.

In a supplementary question, Bindal asked about the criteria of granting extension and what extraordinary 'skills' did those employees who were given extension possessed. Virbhadra replied government employees were getting extensions since years and "there was nothing wrong in it". "High merit and need of the employee is also considered while giving extension but now we have decided to scrap the one year service extension scheme and all those had availed this facility would be retired on March 31, barring a few who are required to be in service on public request," he added.

In another supplementary question, Mahender asked the government to spell out the number of employees whose promotions was halted due to service extension scheme. "Employees of several boards and corporations running in heavy losses have also been granted extension while fresh recruitment could have been less expensive and more effective," he added.

Dehra MLA Ravinder Singh said several employees were asked to continue by concerned head of departments even after retirement anticipating continuation of the scheme. The chief minister replied as per the scheme, one who was retiring had to apply for the extension before six months of date of superannuation.

The government also informed the house that the maximum extensions were given to employees of the elementary education department (274) followed by the public works department (237) and the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (209).