The government has raised recruitment age up by five years and increased power subsidy for farm sector

BHOPAL: The state cabinet, at its meeting here on Tuesday, decided to increase the retirement age of daily wagers by two years. Now, class three daily wagers can continue in service till the age of 60 years and class four daily wagers up to 62 years of age.

The cabinet also decided to increase the retirement age of workers of company cadre of Madhya Pradesh Eastern Region Power Distribution Company from 58 to 60 years. Besides, as per company’s proposal, the cabinet endorsed the decision of the company to give option of accepting 60 years as retirement age to class- one, two and three employees of MP State Electricity Board, whose services have been finally merged with the Eastern Region Power Distribution Company.

The cabinet decided to increase upper age limit for direct recruitments in government services from 35 to 40 years permanently. The upper age limit will be 45 years for SC, ST, OBC, government servants, employees of corporations, boards, commissions and autonomous bodies, home guards and women. This upper age limit will not be applicable to executive posts of Home ( Police), Forest, Excise and Jail departments.

The cabinet decided to extend the last date November 4, by 15 days for entertaining application exam of MPSC. A meeting also decided to give subsidy worth Rs 275 crore to provide cushion to farmers against the impact of power tariff hike made by Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Fishermen will get interest- free loan

The State government, on Tuesday, approved a decision to open fertilizers and seed control laboratories in each division to check sale of fake fertilizers and seeds.

The Agriculture cabinet, chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, gave its nod to budgetary allocation for establishment of laboratories, in addition to approval to 17 schemes and programme each having outlay to the tune of over Rs 50 crore. It also decided to give interest- free loan to fishermen and auction banana mandis. At present, there are only four fertilizers checking laboratories and one laboratory for seeds in the state, which check samples in limited numbers, said official sources. The cabinet also took decision to open agriculture college in naxal- affected Balaghat district. It will be set up in Baraseoni of the district.

Decision was taken to provide interest- free loan fishermen and auction banana in mandis. Rates of banana have fallen following its exclusion from Mandi Act. Decision to bring it under the purview of Mandi Act again has been taken in view of growers’ demand and practical difficulties.

The cabinet decided to expand state- level Agriculture Extension & Training Centre and imparting training to progressive farmers in country and abroad. Also, every lot of seed kit will be tested. The Cabinet was informed that proposed cow sanctuary to be developed on about one thousand acre land in Shajapur district will start functioning from December 2012.

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