HP CM ‘Sukhu’ announces DA hike during Himachal Day celebration at Kaza

Shimla, April 15

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced a 3 percent increase in Dearness Allowance (DA) for state government employees and pensioners. The announcement was made during the 76th Himachal day function held on April 15th, 2023.

The new DA rate will be applicable from January 1st, 2023 and will benefit approximately 2.5 lakh government employees and pensioners in the state. The DA has been raised from existing 31 percent to 34 percent. This would put an additional burden of about Rs. 500 crore on the state’s exchequer.

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Speaking on the occasion, CM Sukhu highlighted the state government’s commitment towards the welfare of its employees and pensioners. He stated that the government is committed to providing better pay and facilities to its employees and is working towards ensuring their well-being.

He also announced a pension of Rs. 1500 to all the 9000 women of Spiti above 18 years of age from June 2023 in the second phase, a college and to make 50 bedded Community Health Centre (CHC) in Kaza operational.

The Chief Minister said that besides constructing a heliport at Rongtong and a road to cost Rs 34 crore would also be constructed from Atargu to Mud in Pin Valley, as part of the third phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Additionally, the Government would also prioritize the construction of a road to connect Bhawa with Mud, which will the world’s highest altitude road. He said that a star-gazing observatory would be set up in the Fossil Village Langza, which is a paradise for stargazers with the assistance of Union Government’s. The land has been identified for setting up Rajiv Gandhi Day-Boarding School at Shego near Kaza, which would prove to be a significant development in the education sector, he said.

In the tribal land the CM also mentioned that, The Land Holding Ceiling Act, 1972 has been amended to provide equal rights to daughters in property ownership of ancestral property.

He said that the state has set a target to become a green energy state by March 2026 and the government has entered into an agreement for the Green Hydrogen and Ammonia Project, which will create over 3500 employment opportunities and attract an investment of over Rs 4,000 crore.

A colourful cultural program was also presented on the occasion and the Chief Minister also distributed prizes to the participants of the cultural program and the Government employees of Lahul & Spiti district for their outstanding contribution in service. MLA Ravi Thakur, wife of Chief Minister Kamlesh Thakur, Former Minister, Phunchog Rai, former MLA Raghuveer Singh, Chief Secretary, Prabodh Saxena, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Bharat Khera, OSD to Chief Minister Gopal Sharma, Principal Advisor (Media) Naresh Chauhan and other dignitaries were also present amongst others.


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