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Himachal to release arrears for Govt. staff

Staff Correspondent

CM announces development schemes

SHIMLA: On the 40th Statehood Day of Himachal Pradesh on Monday, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal announced release of 10 per cent of the arrears for government employees and pensioners on account of revision of pay scales on the Punjab pattern from January 1, 2006. The payment would be made by this March. This would put a burden of Rs.250 crore on the State exchequer.

The Chief Minister said payment of the remaining arrears would be made soon depending on availability of funds. The employees have welcomed the announcement.

The Chief Minister also announced enhancement of the daily minimum wage of workers in the industrial sector to Rs.110 per day from February 1. A social security pension of Rs.330 per month would also be granted to 15,000 new eligible persons in the State thereby increasing the number of beneficiaries under this scheme from 252,000 to 267,000.

Mr. Dhumal also declared a grant of Rs.1 crore for a sports stadium at Government Degree College, Hamirpur, Rs.1 crore for an indoor stadium in Rohru, and Rs.16 lakh each for indoor stadiums in Una, Dharamsala and Shimla to promote the game of volleyball in Himachal.

He announced a Rs.34-crore scheme for lifting potable water from the Beas for Nadaunta and Nadaun segments of Hamirpur district.

The Chief Minister said his government is committed to socio-economic development of the weaker sections of society and added that the allocation under the Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan has been increased from 11 per cent to 25 per cent during the year 2008. He said though Himachal Pradesh had made a humble beginning as a State in 1971, it made a rapid progress and has emerged not only as a model for hill area development but also a pioneer for other States.

He said per capita income which was Rs.651 in 1971 had shot up to Rs.46,000 now and literacy percentage from 31 to 84.

The Annual Plan for next year has been proposed for Rs.3,000 crore.

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