Patna, May 27: Good news today brought smiles on the faces of government employees, pensioners and family pensioners and doctors of the state simultaneously.
Cabinet department principal secretary Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters that a 10 per cent increase in dearness allowance (DA) by the state cabinet would give government employees 100 per cent of DA instead of 90 per cent with effect from January 1, 2014. This would be applicable to those employees/pensioners who get revised payscale according to the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.
Sources said it also hiked 17 per cent dearness allowance (DA) for the employees whose payscale has not been revised, before adding that the DA for around 2,500 employees would increase from 183 to 200 per cent. The move would also benefit the pensioners and those getting family pension. Over 2.6 lakh employees and 3 lakh pensioners will benefit from the increase, which will raise the DA component from 90 per cent of the basic salary to 100 per cent. The DA revision would have an annual additional burden of Rs 1,378.16 crore on the state exchequer, Mehrotra said.
On the other hand, the health department increased the salary of contract doctors, a decision awaited for four years. While the general (MBBS degree holder) contract doctors were getting Rs 30,000 monthly, the salary of specialist doctors (holding PhD degree) was Rs 40,000. According to the notification issued by health department, the general doctors would get Rs 41,000 and specialist doctors Rs 44,000. The decision would come in effect from June 1.
Ajay Kumar, general secretary, Bihar Health Services Association, advocating for these demands, was, however, not very happy with the hike. “The hike in the salary of contract doctors is far below expectations. The general doctors should get at least around Rs 50,000. It is complete injustice. The contractual doctors work in adverse conditions.”
S.K. Singh, general secretary, Contract Doctors’ Association, with which many contract doctors are associated also expressed sadness over the mere hike in the salary of contract doctors.
Among other decisions taken by the cabinet was the approval of the parliamentary affairs department’s (itinerary) proposal to convene a month-long budget session of the state legislature from June 27.
The cabinet also approved the general administration department’s proposal to promote 23 Bihar Administrative Service cadre officers from the post of joint secretary to additional secretary, Mehrotra said. It sanctioned Rs 1,685.29 crore for midday meal scheme in 2014-15.