Shimla: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced 4 per cent Dearness Allowance to the employees and pensioners of the state government to be paid from January, 2019 onwards. This decision would provide annual additional financial benefit of Rs 260 crore to the employees of the State.
While presiding over the State Level Independence day celebration function at historic Ridge Shimla, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur hoisted the National Flag. Chief Minister also announced that in future, the girl candidates of the State would not have to deposit examination fee for appearing in the entrance tests conducted by the State Public Service Commission and State Subordinate Services Selection Board.
He also announced free textbooks to government school students of 9th and 10th class, which would benefit over 65,000 students of the State. He announced enhancement in financial assistance being given to ex-servicemen, widows of ex-servicemen and their dependants above the years of 60 years and were not getting old age or any another pension from existing 10,000 to Rs 20,000 per annum. The Chief Minister announced enhancement of financial assistance from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 10,000 per month to fighters of Second World War and from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 to the war widows.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State government was giving priority to welfare of senior citizens, women and vulnerable sections of the society. Over 3.57 lakh senior citizens were being provided an increased pension of Rs. 1500 per month under social security pension and overall 5.35 lakh eligible persons were being covered under social security pension scheme in the State.
While laying stress on environment conservation and women empowerment, He said that government has also started ‘Sahara Yojna’ for patients suffering from serious diseases who need constant care, under which Rs. 2000 per month as financial support would be provided. The State government has also launched ‘Himcare’ scheme to provide better medical facilities to those people, who are not covered under Pradhan Mantri Arogya Yojana-Ayushman Bharat in the State. Jai Ram Thakur said that State Government was committed to double the income of the farming community and natural farming was being promoted in a big way. Pradhan Mantri Samman Nidhi Yojana is being effectively implemented in the State under which incentive of Rs. 6000 per year was being provided to the farmers.
He said that to explore new horizons in the field of tourism, the government has initiated ‘Nai Rahein-Nai Manzilein’ scheme to develop virgin destinations of tourism importance. He said that Chanshal valley of Shimla, Janjehli valley of Mandi and Bir Billing of Kangra districts were being developed in the first phase under the scheme. The Chief Minister presented Himachal Gaurav Purskar to Nishad Kumar and Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal. He gave away Prarena Satrot Puraskars to Subedar Rinjin Dorje, Alikya and Himkara Organisation.
He presented Civil Services Award to HP State Disaster Management Authority, which was received by former Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda. The district level Disaster Management Authority awards were presented to Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti districts which were received by the then Deputy Commissioners Yunus Khan and Ashwini Kumar respectively.