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Himachal Day: CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu announces 3 percent hike in DA to employees

Himachal Day: CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Saturday announced a 3 percent hike in the dearness allowance of the state employees and pensioners. He also claimed to provide Rs 1,500 monthly allowance for women in Spiti.

Bhagya Luxmi Edited By: Bhagya Luxmi @reportersfact Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh) Published on: April 15, 2023 17:57 IST
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Himachal Day: The special occasion came with a big surprise for the people of Himachal Pradesh as Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Saturday announced a 3 percent increase in the dearness allowance (DA) of the state employees and pensioners. On the occasion of the 76th Himachal Day, CM Sukhu also claimed to provide Rs 1,500 monthly allowance for women in Spiti above the age of 18 years from June 2023.

Government employees will now receive a 34 percent DA

The pensioners and state government employees will now receive a 34 percent DA, which was 31 percent earlier. The decision will benefit around 2.15 lakh employees and 1.90 lakh pensioners. It will also put an additional burden of about Rs 500 crore on the state's exchequer, a statement issued here said.

Monthly allowance of Rs 1,500 to all 9,000 women of Spiti

The chief minister also announced a monthly allowance of Rs 1,500 to all 9,000 women of Spiti above the age of 18 years from June 2023 in the second phase as promised in the Congress manifesto. The Congress, during the assembly polls last year, had promised to give this monthly allowance to women between the ages of 18 to 60 years under ‘Har Ghar Lakshmi, Nari Samman Nidhi’.

The Himachal Day celebrations were held at Kaza town, the 'Land of Lamas' bordering China, in the Spiti sub-division of tribal Lahaul and Spiti district for the first time. After unfurling the national flag, Sukhu conveyed his heartiest greetings to the people of the state and expressed his gratitude to Yashwant Singh Parmar, the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh.

A 50-bed Community Health Centre (CHC)

Sukhu also announced a 50-bed Community Health Centre (CHC) and a college in Kaza. He said that the state government would take up the issue of developing an airstrip at Rangrik in Spiti Valley with the Defence Ministry. Besides, being important from a strategic point of view this will also help in boosting tourism activities, Sukhu added.

He said that a road will also be constructed from Atargu to Mud in Pin Valley for Rs 34 crore, as part of the third phase of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Additionally, the government would also prioritise the construction of a road to connect Bhawa with Mud, which will be the world's highest altitude road, Sukhu said, adding that a star-gazing observatory would be set up in the Langza, the fossil village of Spiti valley, with the assistance of the Union government.

Sukhu's step for development in the Education sector 

The land for setting up Rajiv Gandhi Day-Boarding School at Shego near Kaza has been identified. It will prove to be a significant development in the education sector, he said. The chief minister also dedicated three ambulances for the Spiti Valley and planted a sapling in a cricket ground in Kaza. He also inspected the development exhibitions set up by various departments.

Earlier, the chief minister Sukhu took a salute from the contingents of Police, Home guards, traffic police, Jawans of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), NCC cadets, ITBP, Bharat Scouts and Guides led by parade commander IPS Amit Yadav during a march past. A colourful cultural program was also presented on the occasion.

(with inputs from PTI)

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