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Jharkhand CMís salary up from Rs 60K to Rs 80K, MLAs to draw Rs 40K

Cabinet nod for Electronic Manufacturing Unit at Adityapur

Jharkhand Cabinet hikes salaries of CM and MLAs

Ranchi, Sept 19: Jharkhand State Cabinet today gave approval to a proposal to increase the salary of the Chief Minister from the present Rs 60,000 to Rs 80,000. It also approved the proposal to raise the salaries of MLAs from Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000. The Cabinet meet was chaired by CM Raghubar Das at the Project Building.

Briefing the press regarding the decisions cabinet secretary SKG Rahate said that as per the decision it has been decided to increase the salary of the leader of the opposition from Rs 50,000 to Rs 65,000 while that of the Speaker would be Rs 78,000 which was earlier Rs 55,000. He said that the Chief Whip of the assembly would be Rs 55,000 from Rs 35,000 while that of the deputy chief whip would be Rs 50,000. The whip would get an increased salary of Rs 45,000 from Rs 30,000 earlier. Further the cabinet has also decided to increase the allowances of the members of the house.

As per the decision, the CM and the Speaker would be entitled for area allowance of Rs 80,000 while that for refreshments would be Rs 70,000. The Leader of the Opposition would get an area allowance of Rs 80,000 while his refreshment allowance would be Rs 45,000. The cabinet ministers have been kept in the same slab which is that of the Leader of Opposition. The MLAs would be given an area allowance of Rs 50,000 apart from other facilities.

In other major decision, the Cabinet gave approval to a project worth Rs 186 crore proposing to set up an Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in the Adityapur Industrial Area. The EMC would be set up in Integrated Industrial Estate spread across 233.38 acres of land. The Cabinet also gave its approval to the proposal for a grant of Rs 59.99 crore as a contribution by the state government to the said project.

Rahate said that in 1400 government buildings power grid roof top connected solar plants would be set up. The government buildings included community health care centres, primary health centers, Eklavya Schools, Sadar Hospitals and DC offices. He said that a sum of Rs 257 crore would be spent on the project. He said that now 75 posts notified under separate establishments have been made permanent in the Palamu Tiger Reserve while in another decision the cabinet also approved 78 drinking water supply schemes for rural areas in which Rs 1000 crore would be spent out of these 57 schemes have been recommended by the local MLAs.

In another decision the state government has decided that under the solar energy policy as per power purchase agreement it would be procuring 684 megawatt of power at the rate of Rs 4.95 per unit. In another decision under Right to services act 109 new services have been added while 20 earlier ones have been removed.

The Cabinet has also decided that it would nominate Quality Council of India which would undertake Google mapping of the all the community and public toilets in the state.

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