GUWAHATI, Sept 6 - The State government will release the second and final instalment of arrears to government employees and pensioners before the ensuing Durga Puja festival.
This will entail an expenditure of Rs 1,498 crore. The arrears have been due following the government�s decision to implement the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations last year.
Announcing this at a press conference today, State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who also holds health and education portfolios among others, said a total of 12,800 posts of teachers under Sarva Shiksha Abhijan had been created, of which 11,759 would be appointed before September 8.
He said 6,000 teachers were appointed on September 2 and these appointments will entail an additional expenditure of Rs 372 crore on the State exchequer.
Sarma also announced that BEd had been made mandatory for all posts of teachers, including in the private schools, and that those not having the degree would have to obtain it before September 18, 2018.
Sarma said the State government would distribute health insurance amounts under the Atal Amrit Yojana tomorrow, benefitting a total of 6,093 beneficiaries out of a total of 12,756 applicants. They will receive a total amount of Rs 31,24,98,148 against insurance for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, kidney diseases, neo-natal diseases, neurological conditions and burn injuries.