Shimla: Himachal Cabinet on Saturday decided to extend the retirement age of its employees from 58 years to 59 years.
However, the Cabinet did not accept the demand of the employees organisations to increase the age of superannuation to 60 years.
The Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also expressed grave concern over increasing drug menace and decided to take stringent measures to check it.
It decided to regularise the NET/SET qualified Lecturers (College Cadre) appointed on contract basis between 1997 and 2002 with effect from June 1, 2014.
The Cabinet also enhanced the emoluments/Stipend of ITI personnel on apprenticeship basis from Rs 6000 to Rs 10,000 per month and also to re-designate ITI personnel as ITI professionals on contractual basis working at Aryabhatta Geo-Informatics and Space Application Centre (AGISAC).
It further approved enhancement of emoluments of Senior Scientific Professionals from Rs 25,000 to Rs 27,000 per month and Scientific Professionals from Rs 18,000 to Rs 20,000 per month plus 3 per cent annual increase for those working at AGISAC.
In pursuance of assurance given by chief minister in the budget speech, the cabinet approved hike in financial assistance to the soldiers of the Second World War and their widows from Rs 750 to Rs 2000 per month with effect from April 1, 2014.
The Cabinet gave its nod to enhancement of grant-in-aid of Panchayat Chowkidars from Rs 1650 to Rs 1850 per month and enhancement of the rates of the honorarium to the office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions with effect from 1st April, 2014.
The Himachal Cabinet also approved supply of wheat and wheat flour by Food and supplies department under Public Distribution System (PDS), uniformly on per capita basis.
It further decided to provide a fix subsidy of Rs 20 per kg on pulses and Rs 10 per litre on provision of edible oils under Special Subsidised foodgrains Scheme.
It also approved the revised policy guidelines for setting up of stone crushing units in Himachal Pradesh keeping in view the provisions of the Environment Protection Laws.