Shimla: The 76th Himachal Day was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm amidst the vivid colours of tribal culture today.This was the first time in the history of the state that the Himachal Day function was held in the remote tribal region of Kaza, the ‘Land of Lamas’, bordering China, at a height of around 12000 feet.
The Chief Minister sukhwinder Singh Sukhu announced release of three percent Dearness Allowance (DA) for all the employees and pensioners thus raising it from existing 31 percent to 34 percent. The decision will benefit around 2.15 lakh employees and 1.90 Lakh pensioners.
This would put an additional burden of about Rs. 500 crore on the state’s exchequer.
He also announced a pension of Rs 1500 to all the 9000 women of Spiti above 18 years of age from June 2023 in the second phase, a college and to make 50 bedded Community Health Centre (CHC) in Kaza operational.
Sukhu said the government has brought 1.36 lakh government employees under the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) thus fulfilling its promise of restoring the OPS, besides to provide a monthly pension of Rs 1500 to 2.31 lakh women of the state in a phased manner.