Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Punjab -

Re­it­er­at­ing com­mit­ment for wel­fare of em­ploy­ees, chief min­is­ter Jai Ram Thakur said the gov­ern­ment will no­tify new pay scales after Pun­jab Pay Com­mis­sion gives its rec­om­men­da­tions. Con­tri­bu­tion of the state gov­ern­ment un­der the New Pen­sion Scheme was also in­creased to 14%. Ear­lier it was 10%. Dear­ness al­lowance to the em­ploy­ees and dear­ness relief to the pen­sion­ers of the state gov­ern­ment at the rate of 4% will be pro­vided from July 1, 2018.

The pol­icy to pro­vide job on com­pas­sion­ate grounds was also changed and the age limit in­creased from ex­ist­ing 50 years to age or re­tire­ment. This bud­get has been for­mu­lated en­tirely by the bu­reau­cracy. CM spoke about at­tract­ing global in­vest­ment, but as the past has shown us, in­vestors don’t come here due to lack of a proper mar­ket . So due to lack of re­sources, it be­comes tough to im­ple­ment the schemes. Virb­hadra Singh, ex-cm and

se­nior Congress leader

These in­clude 100 MW UHL-III and 111 MW Sawara-kuddu.

The two projects will gen­er­ate ad­di­tional 700MW units of power per year. State will also get ad­di­tional 200 mil­lion units of power after com­mis­sion­ing of Renuka project, which has been de­clared a project of na­tional im­por­tance. 850 new dis­tri­bu­tions sub-cen­ters will be set up by the state elec­tric­ity board to pro­vide new con­nec­tions and im­prove volt­age.

Ten MW ca­pac­ity rooftop so­lar power plants are also pro­posed to be in­stalled. The gov­ern­ment will spend ₹475 crore on power sub­sidy to do­mes­tic con­sumer.

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