Himachal spending Rs. 4450 crore on salary bills of Employees

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    Shimla: Himachal Government is spending Rs. 4450 crore over the salary bills of its employees annually.
    This was stated by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister while addressing inaugural ceremony of two-day long 5th National State Government Employees Federation here today.
    Chief Minister said that all dues were being disbursed to State employees from time to time. He said that the Finance Commission had under valued the committed liabilities of the State Government by about Rs. 1800 crore. He said that the salary bill of its employees had been under valued by Finance Commission which valued salary bill at Rs. 3600 crore whereas it was Rs. 4450 crore, pension bill valued at Rs. 1400 crore which actually was Rs. 1850 crore, interest on loan valued at Rs. 1800 crore against actual amount of Rs. 1850 crore thereby undervaluing the committed liabilities of the State.
    Prof. Dhumal said that Rs. 45 daily wages had been enhanced by the State Government in past two and half years benefiting a labourer by Rs. 16,425 per annum. He said that working women had been given public holiday on Raksha Bandhan, Bhaiya Dooj and Karva Chauth with free travelling facility in HRTC buses in first two festivals. He said that Muslim women had also been granted free travelling facility on EID festivals.
    Chief Minister said that State Government had maintained best cordial relations with its employees and resolved all their genuine problems in mutual consultation from time to time. He said that there was hardly any section left in the State which had not been benefited with the pro-employees decisions taken by the State Government during past 33 months. He said that best efforts were being made to deliver all benefits due to the employees from time to tome.
    Prof. Dhumal said that Himachal was land of warriors since the first PVC winner of the country Major Somnath Sharma hailed from Himachal and out of four PVCs awarded during Kargil operation, two were awarded to soldiers from the State. He said that the State had also been contributing significantly towards the service of the nation, in armed and para-military force. He said that the State had repeatedly been raising its demand to abolish Recruitable Male Population (RMP) formula for entry into armed forces since State had willing youth to serve in armed forces. He said that Himachal being a small hill State had very negligible portion of new recruits in the armed forces. He said that the State was committed to protect the interests of its serving and ex-servicemen who had rendered valuable services towards the nation.
    Chief Minister said that first HEP Bhakra was also constructed on the water of the State and northern States were being supplied adequate hydel power which was also an example of regional cause and national interest. He expressed sorrow over the discriminating attitude of the Centre which had withdrawn the special industrial package announced to all North Western States at par with North Eastern States by former Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee at Solan on December 1, 2002 ahead of its scheduled date of March 31,2013. He said that the State had been deprived of its legitimate rights by the Centre.
    Prof. Dhumal reiterated the resolve of the State Government to protect interests of its employees who were instrumental in implementation of policies and programmes of the State Government even in adverse geo-physical conditions.
    Prof. Dhumal welcomed delegations from different States to Himachal Pradesh and wished fruitful deliberations in the conference in State Capital Shimla. He hoped that all delegates would carry home sweet memories and also invited them to visit Himachal Pradesh again and again. He complemented the Federation for gaining large number of members in BMS. He appealed to BMS to protect national interests above their self interests and fight against anti-national elements.
    Mohinder Jain, President, National State Government Employees Federation said that delegates from 18 States were participating in the national conference at Shimla. He appreciated the pro-employee attitude of the State Government thereby protecting interests of the employees. He apprised the delegates of the itinerary of the two day conference and said that various resolutions were likely to be adopted by the Federation aimed at protection of interests of the employees in the country.