Vidhyak Kalyan Vishesh Nidhi Yojana to Get a Hike: CM of Himachal
Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Mr. Virbhadra Singh announced to pull up the amount for Vidhyak Kalyan Vishash Nidhi Yojana (VKYNY) from Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.10 crore. The Yojana was launched after increasing its scope as to be distributed to public offices like schools, sports kits or equipment and beds and blankets in hospitals.
Money disbursed Under the Vidhyak Kalyan Vishash Nidhi Yojana (VKYNY)
- The minister declared highest of Rs 6024 Crore expenditure for Education Department for the Fiscal year 2017-18,
- Similarly, Rs 3394 Crore for Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department.
- Rs 2238 Crore for Irrigation and Public Health,
- Rs 1729 Crore for Health and Medical Education Department,
- Rs 1627 Crore for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj,
- Rs 1239 Crore for Department of Home including Police, Home Guards, Fire, and Prisons and
- Rs 1178 Crore for Multipurpose power project and power department
- Rs 520 Crore for Forest Department,
- Rs 513 Cr to Tribal development,
- Rs 498 Crore for SCs, OBCs and Minority Affairs Department,
- Rs 484 Crore for Agriculture,
- Rs 424 Crore for Horticulture,
- Rs 418 Crore for Women and Child Development Department.
- Rs 403 Crore for Urban Development Department,
- Rs 374 Crore for Animal Husbandry Department,
- Rs 269 Crore for Labour and Employment Department,
- Rs 260 Crore for Disaster Relief,
- Rs 244 Crore for Ayurveda,
- Rs 193 Crore for Industries and
- Rs 186 Crore for Dharamshala Smart City Mission for payment of the first installment.
Reforms suggested under the scheme
- Apart from the above listed; CM Virbhadra also announced Rs 75 of Grade pay in 2017-18 for the Contract Employees and those completing five years on 31 March 2017 would be regularized.
- The minister said that cut-off date of regularization would be revised for daily wagers and part-timers to March and September 2017 this included the Tailoring Teacher.
- He also announced to fill up 19000 functional posts.
- He also announced to increase daily wages from Rs 200 to Rs 210 giving additional benefit of Rs 300 per month.
- Chief Minister also announced three percent DA for the regular employees released from July 2016 in addition to two percent DA issued in April 2016.
- It would be paid by April 2017, this DA to be released for the pensioners and likely to put additional expenditure Rs 180 Crore on state coffer.
Mr. Singh also announced to release additional provisional relief of four percent on basic pay or basic pension to Regular States Employees or pensioners also put Rs 260 Cr burden on state coffer.
IR would be absorbed in the future pay or pension revision. He also enhanced the fixed medical allowance from Rs 350 to Rs 400 per month Capital allowance from Rs 275 to Rs 400 per month and tribal allowance of an employee from Rs 300 to Rs 450 per month and Ration Allowance for Police personnel from Rs 180 to Rs 210 per month. The government also enhanced the washing allowance from Rs 30 to Rs 60.
The increase in Grant-in-aid for Panchayat Chowkidars from Rs 2,050 to Rs 2,550 per month, Increase in Grant-in-aid for Tailoring Teachers of Gram Panchayats from Rs 2,300 to Rs. 2,800 per month, ASHA workers would be provided extra Rs. 800 per month from the State Government. The Anganwari Workers and helpers are being provided additional honorarium by the State Government, in addition to the honorarium fixed by the Government of India under ICDS scheme.
Virbhadra Singh said that additional honorarium of Anganwadi Workers to be increased from Rs 450 to Rs. 1,450 with a net addition of Rs. 1000 and for Helper from Rs. 300 to Rs 600 per month it would benefit about 22500 such persons. Virbhadra Singh also decided to enhance the old age pension of 80 yrs and above from Rs 1200 to Rs 1250 per month and social security pension from Rs 650 to 700 per month would benefits about 3.89 lakh various pensioners.