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Ahead of polls, Uttarakhand approves Rs 4300 per month pay hike for civic body employees

The state government had earlier assured the Uttarakhand high court that it will issue notification for the civic polls by May 12

dehradun Updated: Apr 26, 2018 21:38 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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Dehradun Municipal Corporation.(HT File)

The Uttarakhand cabinet on Thursday approved a cumulative salary hike of Rs 4,300 per month for over 21,000 employees in the state’s urban local bodies (ULB), the move coming a fortnight before the government issues notification for the much-delayed civic polls.

The decision will benefit 21, 048 staff employed through the Uttarakhand Purva Sainik Kalyan Nigam Ltd (UPNAL), a corporation meant for the welfare of the ex-servicemen and their dependents. “Of the 21, 048 employees, 18, 371 are employed with the municipal corporations and municipal boards. The remaining 2677, who will also be benefited by the decision, are employed with the central government offices,” Cabinet minister Madan Kaushik said while briefing reporters about the decisions taken at the Cabinet meeting.

The meeting, chaired by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, approved some 12 proposals.

Kaushik said that now all categories of employees — unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled, and highly skilled workers — of the ULBs and at central government offices “will get a uniform monthly raise of Rs 1500”.

“Besides, each of these employees would be entitled to a per month allowance of Rs 2,800,” he said.

The cumulative hike thus comes to Rs 4,300 per month.

The state government had earlier assured the Uttarakhand high court that it will issue notification for the civic polls by May 12. The state was to hold civic polls in April but it was deferred after the high court quashed the BJP government’s notification to expand the municipal areas. The last urban local body poll in the state was held in April 2013.

As per the cabinet decision, the Prantiya Rakshak Dal (PRD) jawans, employed through UPNAL, too would be entitled to Rs 50 per day salary raise. “A cumulative salary hike could not be announced because the department concerned (PRD) is yet to submit its recommendations to the state government,” Kaushik said, adding that a final announcement in that connection would be made after the department submits its recommendations.

The Council of Ministers also approved other related plan, under which all municipal corporations and municipal boards have been vested with powers to build roads of less than 12-ft width. “Until now the Public Welfare Department (PWD) had been vested with powers to build all such roads in areas under the jurisdiction of the ULBs,” Kaushik added.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal for demolition of three houses owned by Teerth Purohits (priests) in Kedarnath. “These houses (which were among others washed away in the 2013 floods) were proposed for demolition as they were blocking the view of the Kedarnath shrine,” Kaushik said. According to the minister, the houses will be reconstructed elsewhere in the Kedarnath town, for which the Jindal group is being roped in.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal for handing over 2,964 square metre of land in Haridwar to neighbouring Uttar Pradesh for construction of a guest house. “The land has been handed over to that state in lieu of the Alaknanda guest house that the UP government had handed over to Uttarakhand last year. The property was transferred to us, incompliance with a Supreme Court order,” he added.

First Published: Apr 26, 2018 21:38 IST