Ranchi: Jharkhand government today announced a 10 per cent hike in the Dearness Allowance of government employees and pensioners. The state Cabinet gave a nod to the proposal during its meeting held in the state Capital under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
The principal secretary of the state Cabinet Secretariat and Coordination Department JB Tubid said the state government employees will get 100 per cent Dear Allowance. The Cabinet decision will be effective from 1st January 2014, he said.
Tubid further said the Cabinet had approved a fund of Rs 337 crore for the Urban Drinking Water Project for Ranchi under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission. In another important decision, the Cabinet approved a proposal to allot PDS shops to the dependents of PDS shop dealers in the event of their sudden demise. The Cabinet also approved a proposal for the appointment of eight dentists.
The Cabinet approved another important proposal to spend Rs 510 crore under the Integrated Action Plan in 17 Naxalite-hit districts of the state. In each of the district, Rs 30 crore will be spent. In Ramgarh, a Krishi Vigyan Kendra is proposed to be set up, for which the Cabinet today passed a proposal to transfer 19 acre land to Bharatiya Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tubid said.
In other decisions, the Cabinet made Aadhar Card compulsory for several services such as registration of property, society, pension and scholarship procedures. In other schemes such as Indira Awas and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Aadhar will not be compulsory.
Tubid said Secretariat staff will be able to be appointed in Jharkhand Information Commission, Jharkhand State Employee Commission and Backward Caste Commission. Time-bound promotions will be given to state employees along with the Chief Secretary and departmental secretaries. Several road projects and other proposals were also discussed during the Cabinet meeting.