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HP CM promises 6% additional DA to employees and pensioners


Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief minister Virbhadra Singh today announced release of six percent allowance to its employees and pensioners with effect from January 2015.

Presiding over the 69th state level Independence Day function at famous Ridge Maidan in Shimla, Singh said that the employees would now get 113 per cent as DA, putting additional burden of Rs 400 crore per annum on the state exchequer.

He also said that all major towns and cities in the state would get Wi-Fi facility to have easy internet connectivity to cover maximum area under e-enabled services. Greeting the people on the Independence day, Singh said during the last two years and seven months, the government had ensured welfare of every section of the society and overall development.

Government has accorded top priority to education and opened or upgraded 750 new educational institutions including 22 new degree colleges in remote and far-flung areas, he said adding that schools have been opened in the remote and inaccessible areas to ensure that every girl child has access to education nearer the home.

Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) has been opened at Una with an estimated cost of Rs 122 crore while Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is also being established in Sirmaur district, he said adding that  an engineering college has also be set up at Jeori in Shimla District.

To enhance the employability of unemployed educated youth of the State, Rs 500 crore Skill Development Scheme was being implemented in the State. Under this scheme eligible candidates are being provided Rs 1,000 per month and physically handicapped are being provided with Rs 1500 per month as skill development allowance.

He also pointed out that during the two and half years, 1275 new roads and 120 bridges have been constructed. 232 villages have been linked with roads. The State government was providing subsidized power to the people of the State and recently LED promotion scheme was launched for energy conservation. Under the scheme, three LED bulbs would be provided to domestic consumers at half the market price.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government has enhanced daily wages of from Rs 150 to Rs 180 and introduced Contributed Pension Scheme for MNERGA workers, agriculture and horticulture labourers, shopkeepers and other workers working in unorganized sectors, Anganwari workers and mid-day-meal workers. The Independence day was celebrated with usual gaiety and enthusiasm at all district headquarters and other places.