Ranchi, June 26: The state cabinet agreed to renew contracts of 374 government doctors and 450 paramedical staff and decided to amend certain rules to bring about qualitative changes in their service condition, while increasing DA for employees who have opted out of Sixth Pay Commission scales.
“The contracts of doctors and paramedical staff working in various government hospitals have been extended till March 31, 2013. These will come into effect from April 1 this year,” said cabinet coordination department’s principal secretary N.N. Pandey.
DA of state government employees, who did not accept Sixth Pay Commission scales, was raised by another 12 per cent from 127 per cent to 139 per cent. The revised DA rates will also be applicable for those receiving pension and family pension benefits.
The cabinet also raised provident fund interest rates from the existing 8 per cent to 8.8 per cent per annum.
Retired judicial services officials would henceforth be given pension and family pension benefits as per recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, effective January 1, 2006. Rules were also amended to enable senior judicial officers to avail of pension benefits after completing 20 years in the Bar.
The cabinet decided to run engineering colleges at Ramgarh, Chaibasa and Dumka and a polytechnic at Silli under public private partnership and clarified that industrial training institutes, or it is, based on government land would also follow the same model.
“ITI buildings will be leased out to private players for 30 years, extended by another 30 years. These companies will be responsible for providing necessary tools and equipment. Fifty per cent of seats would be filled through combined entrance examinations and the remaining would be given to respective managements,” explained Pandey.
The cabinet also released Rs 100 crore to clear dues of farmers who had sold rice at procurement centres during the last kharif season, the decision coming days after chief minister Arjun Munda pulled up a few officers and directed the chief secretary to take necessary steps.