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Remuneration of UPNL, Asha workers raised

Wednesday 13, 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

In decisions apparently taken with an eye on the upcoming assembly elections, the Uttarakhand government has decided to raise the remuneration of the Uttarakhand Purva Sainik Kalyan Nigam Limited (UPNL) and ASHA workers. The state cabinet took these decisions in its meeting chaired by chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Tuesday. There are more than 40,000 UPNL and ASHA workers in Uttarakhand.

Informing about the cabinet decisions, cabinet minister and state  government spokesman Subodh Uniyal said that remuneration of the UPNL workers has been done in two slabs. The workers who have completed a service of 10 years and more would be given an increment of Rs 3,000 per month while those with less than 10 years of service will get an increase of Rs 2,000 per month. Apart from this an annual increment would also be given to the UPNL workers. The cabinet also approved an increase of Rs 1500 in the stipend of ASHA workers. They would now get a sum of Rs 6,500 per month. On the contentious issue of increase in the stipend of Anganwadi and mini Anganwadi workers the cabinet decided to authorise the CM to take a decision.

The state cabinet also approved the CM’s announcement on an increase in the remuneration of Village Pradhans from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 per month.

In another important decision, the state cabinet gave its nod for the proposal to decrease the fee of those students of government Doon Medical College and Haldwani medical college who would enter a bond with the health department.  The cabinet also gave its approval to the plan to upgrade the Someshwar government hospital to a 100 beds hospital.

The department of finance would release a sum of Rs 14 crore for the payment of the fair price shop owners. A decision to reduce the contingency charge from the existing two per cent to one per cent under the administrative head in the MLA local area development fund was taken. The cabinet decided to release a sum of Rs 20 crore for maintenance of 500 Panchayat Bhawans in the state. On another announcement of distributing tablets to the students of CM Dhami, the cabinet approved the proposal to provide tablets to 1,59,015 students of class X and XII and 1.5 lakh students of government colleges.

The cabinet approved creation of 35 posts in the Burn unit of Government Doon Medical College (GDMC). A decision to abolish a post of assistant director and creation of deputy director in the Panchayati Raj department was also taken by the cabinet on the day.

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