It’s a big good news for government employees in Himachal Pradesh as they will get additional three per cent dearness allowance (DA) for this month. The extra allowance will be paid in cash with salary. The arrears from July to December would be credited to the General Provident Fund(GPF). The announcement was made by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on December 29. The finance department issued the notification today. The payment of ADA would cost the state exchequer Rs 180 crore annually and the employees would benefit from Rs 300 to Rs 2500 per month. The pensioners would also get the enhanced DA for the period of July to December in cash.
Earlier, the Himachal Pradesh government had announced an assistance of Rs 3 lakh for the next of the kin of a minor who was killed in the police custody in the rape-and-murder case of a girl in Kotkhai. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced the aid while replying to the discussion on motion of thanks on Governor’s address to the legislative assembly.
The 16-year-old girl had gone missing in Halila in Kotkhai area of Shimla district on July 4 last year and her bare body was recovered on July 6.
After the postmortem report confirmed rape and murder, a case was registered and following public outcry, a Special Investigation team was constituted which arrested six persons. One of the six accused in the case died in police custody and eight police officers, including an IG-rank officer, were arrested by the CBI in connection with the custodial death.
Thakur said the public’s trust on the state police had gone down in the previous government’s rule. “This government shall rebuild that trust,” he said. Thakur said times have changed and the voters now want results instead of false promises.