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Pay hike nod for women’s panel

Ranchi, Nov. 10: This Dhanteras will truly be a festival of wealth for officials of Jharkhand State Women’s Commission, government pleaders, forest guards and foresters.

The Arjun Munda cabinet today resolved to increase the honorarium of the chairperson of Jharkhand State Women’s Commission to Rs 70,380 per month from the existing Rs 24,500. The members of the commission would henceforth get Rs 63,850 per month against the existing Rs 22,400 only.

“The cabinet reviewed the existing provisions of salary and other allowances and decided to increase the monthly honorarium. Besides, government pleaders would now be entitled to Rs 500 per day from the existing Rs 150. Assistant public prosecutors would now get Rs 300 daily,” said cabinet secretary N.N. Pandey.

The cabinet also resolved to increase the benefits under assured career promotion (ACP) for forest guards and foresters. Earlier, forest guards received between Rs 4,000 and Rs 6,000 as first ACP benefits. It has now been increased to Rs 6,500 and Rs 10,500.

In case of foresters, the first ACP benefits have been increased to Rs 6500-Rs 10,500 from the existing Rs 5,500 to Rs 9,000. In case of second ACP benefits for foresters, the increase would be between Rs 8,000 and Rs 13,500.

The cabinet today also resolved to avail advance in tune of Rs 4.97 crore from the Jharkhand Contingency Funds. Sources said the sum would be utilised for the Foundation Day celebrations .

In another decision, the cabinet extended administration approval for revamp of main canals originating out of Kanchi weir scheme, besides construction of branch canals for Barenda and Adardih.

A whopping Rs 40.19 crore has been approved for the project which would ensure water for irrigation in 16,194 hectare fields in the areas like Tamar-Bundu, Arki, Ichagarh and Sonahatu, among others, in Ranchi, Khunti and Seraikela-Kharsawan. Kanchi weir, which was destroyed three years ago, is located in a remote Naxal-hit area, and was revamped early this year.

Given the scarcity of manpower in the Jharkhand Karmachari Chayan Aayog, the cabinet also approved creation of two posts of officer-on-special-duty at the recruiting body while one each of computer programmer-cum-systems analyst and a driver. An annual expenditure of just over Rs 25 lakh is expected to be spent on these posts.