Friday, September 30, 2022

State government announces 7 per cent DA hike for state employees

Ranchi: Jharkhand government today announced a 7 per cent hike in the Dearness Allowance of all state employees and extension of the housing and vehicle loan amount up to Rs 30 lakh.

Presiding over a meeting of the state Cabinet held at Project Building, Chief Minister Hemant Soren approved the proposal for DA hike and loan amount extension after consultation with the ministers. It was decided to provide housing loan to class I and II state employees up to an amount of Rs 30 lakh.

Cheaper loans will also be available to class III and IV employees up to an amount of Rs 15 lakh. It was also decided to provide loan up to Rs 10 lakh to class I and II employees for purchasing cars, said JB Tubid, principal secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat and Coordination Department.

The Cabinet also approved the proposal to increase the commission given to Public Distribution System (PDS) shop owners of the state. Earlier the PDS dealers were given a commission of Rs 45 per quintal of food grain. Now they will be getting Rs 75 as commission.

In another important decision, the Cabinet decided to allot PDS shops to the dependents of PDS shop owners. Necessary amendments will be made in the PDS rules in this regard. The right of making the allotments will be given to the district authorities concerned.

In another vital decision, the Cabinet ordered all private hospitals, nursing homes, polyclinics, government hospitals and other health centres to keep 10 per cent beds reserved for BPL families. In the outdoor patient department (OPD), the hospitals will have to ensure free treatment of 25 per cent of poor patients.

The CM also approved the proposal to restart the Mukhya Mantri Daal Bhaat Scheme. A fund of Rs 9 crore has been allotted for the current financial year. The scheme was suspended for the last five years due to delay in supply of rice from the Central government.

There are a total of 370 centres all over the state to run the scheme at present. Rice will be provided at the rate of Rs 1 per kilogram to all daal bhaat centres. Soybeans, grams and baris will be given for free to all such centres.

Taking a significant decision, the Cabinet decided to impose 2 per cent Composite Tax on builders and developers of the state. A revenue collection of Rs 100 crore is expected to be received by the state government.

The Cabinet further approved the proposal to provide 1261 acre of land to Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) under lease renewal for 20 years. A total of 41 proposals including several road projects were approved by the Cabinet.

A road construction project worth Rs 35 crore for the construction of 8.5 kilometre long road from Naya Serai, Ranchi to Old Argora Chowk.

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