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Shimla, Dec 20

Himachal Pradesh Council of Minsters decided to provide revised pay scales to about 2 lakh employees of the State Government from 1st January, 2016. The decision was taken in State Cabinet meeting held here today and presided over by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Government spokesman said that employees would get salary of January, 2022 payable in February, 2022 in revised pay scale. This would put an additional burden of about Rs. 4000 crore annually on the state exchequer. The State Government has already provided interim relief of about Rs. 5000 crore to the employees as part of the arrears.

After the revised pay scales due to higher fixation of about 1,05,000  employees, Rs. 260 crore would be spent as government contribution as 6 years arrears under New Pension Scheme. Decision was also taken to increase the salary of contract employees.

It gave its nod to promulgate Himachal Pradesh Swarn Jayanti (Legacy Cases Resolution) Scheme, 2021 for settlement of arrears of tax, fee, interest, penalty etc. which are pending for recovery or are pending in the appellate forums or may accrue in future as a result of disposal of pending tax assessment under the various enactments.

This would also address the tax dues which are trapped in the cases that have not been assessed so far as well as those cases where arrears have been declared under the Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue Act, 1954.  This would help in redressal of over 1.68 lakh cases.

The Cabinet decided to upgrade Ayurvedic Health Centre at Bassi in Shri Naina Devi Ji Vidhan Sabha area to 15 bedded Ayurvedic Hospital alongwith creation and filling up of 12 posts of different categories to man this Hospital.

The Cabinet gave its approval for creation of new Patwar Circle  Tharu in Nagrota Bagwan area of Kangra district to the facilitate the people of the area.

The Cabinet also accorded its approval for creation of New Sub Division (Civil) at Kupvi in Chopal assembly constituency of Shimla district


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