Revised pay for 2 lakh Himachal govt staff from Jan 2022, burden Rs 4000 crore


Shimla :Himachal Pradesh has decided to provide revised pay scales to about 2 lakh employees of the State Government from 1st January, 2016. The employees would get salary of January, 2022 payable in February, 2022 in revised pay scale. This would put an additional burden of about Rs. 4000 crore annually on the state exchequer.

The State Government has already provided interim relief of about Rs. 5000 crore to the employees as part of the arrears. After the revised pay scales due to higher fixation about 1,05,000 NPS employees, Rs. 260 crore would be spent as government contribution as 6 years arrears under NPS. Decision was also taken to increase the salary of contract employees. 

It gave its nod to promulgate Himachal Pradesh Swarn Jayanti (Legacy Cases Resolution) Scheme, 2021 for settlement of arrears of tax, fee, interest, penalty which are pending for recovery or are pending in the appellate forums or may accrue in future as a result of disposal of pending tax assessment under the various enactments.

This would also address the tax dues which are trapped in the cases that have not been assessed so far as well as those cases where arrears have been declared under the Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue Act, 1954.  This would help in redressal of over 1.68 lakh cases.

The cabinet gave its nod to transfer 0-76-79 hectares of land at Mohal and Mauza Palauhra in Jawali tehsil of Kangra district in favour of Ministry of Defence Government of India for construction of ECHS Polyclinic at free of cost by charging Rs.1 as token value of land.

It also provided its in principle approval for establishing Drone Flying Training School at Government ITI Shahpur in Kangra district and authorized the Department of Technical Education to finalize the terms of engagement with Indira Gandhi Rashtrtiya Uran Akademi for signing the MoU.