Sukhu Government denotifies Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) for Medicos in Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, May 25
The newly-formed government of Himachal Pradesh, led by Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, has made a significant decision to denotify the Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA) for newly recruited medical, dental, Ayush, and veterinary doctors. The move comes as part of the government’s efforts to streamline the allocation of allowances and ensure optimal resource utilization.
According to a notification issued by the Principal Secretary (Finance) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh, Mr. Maneesh Garg, the decision represents a partial modification of the department’s earlier notifications dated January 3, 2022, and March 2, 2022. The Governor of Himachal Pradesh has ordered that the NPA will no longer be admissible for all doctors recruited from this point onwards.
The impact of this notification will directly affect the salaries of doctors working in the Health & Family Welfare, Medical Education, Dental, Ayush, and Animal Husbandry departments of the State Government. Typically, doctors receive an additional 20 percent salary as NPA in addition to their regular postings. As a result of this change, their salaries will be reduced by 20 percent. Further details and updates can be accessed on the official website of the Himachal Pradesh government’s finance department, www.himachal.nic.in/finance.
In addition to the denotification of NPA, the Sukhu government has also announced the resumption of the old pension scheme, providing options for employees and pensioners to choose between the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) or continue with the New Pension System. The state government has been urging the central government to release the Rs 8,000 crore deposited by the state government and employees with central agencies.
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