July 28, 2012 3:41:34 am
The Himachal Pradesh cabinet,which met here on Friday,announced a slew of benefits for government employees including an additional increment for all Class IV employees,on completion of 20 years of regular service with effect from August 1,2012. The decision is expected to benefit some 23,000 employees.
The grant grant is likely to cost the state exchequer Rs. 16.56 crore per annum. The cabinet also approved a proposal to enhance the tribal allowance,for employees serving in the states tribal areas,from Rs 200 to Rs 300 per month from August 1,2012.
The cabinet also gave its nod for an MoU with the Centre and NABARD for implementation of the special handloom package,estimated at Rs. 9,11 crore,with the Centre to bear 90 per cent of the cost.
Ending the stalemate on the chief ministers ambitious project of building new traffic tunnels in the state,the cabinet approved the execution of two tunnel projects,Bhubhujot,between Jogindernagar (Ghatasani-Silh Badhani) and Kullu (Telang),at an estimated cost of Rs 367 crore and Bangana-Dhaneta in Una district,at an estimated cost of Rs. 145 crore,to facilitate smooth all weather vehicular movement.
A separate agency,Himachal Pradesh Ropeway Corporation,will be formed to oversee the implementation of all ropeway projects in the state.
To benefit Bhakra oustees,the govt will amend the Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Bhakra Dam Oustees (Grant of Land) Scheme,1971,and Rules for allotment of plots in New Bilaspur Township.
It was decided to allot 30 self identified small hydel projects aggregating to 57.95 MW for execution,of which,24 projects were approved for allotment to Himachalis and 7 projects to Non-Himachalis,besides one to HIMURJA.
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