GUWAHATI, March 6 - Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said the government will take steps for proactive filling up of all sanctioned posts in all departments. �... our government will start the process of filling up of all vacancies in the various departments in the State,� Sarma said in his Budget speech in the Legislative Assembly. He said the State government has initiated employee welfare measures in the last four years, including implementation of the 7th Pay Commission and the Apun Ghar scheme. He said some more schemes for the government employees would come up.
�Currently, the Home Guard personnel get Rs 50,000 as ex gratia payment in the unfortunate event of their death while in service. I propose to increase the ex-gratia amount of the Home Guard personnel by another Rs 2 lakh to be funded by the State... Our government has accorded focal importance to the welfare of the muster roll workers and has provided the muster roll workers the Minimum of Pay Scale. In addition, we have also extended benefits like inclusion of health coverage under Atal Amrit Abhiyan for these workers. I would now like to propose an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh as ex-gratia payment towards the next of kin of any individual in case of unfortunate death of any such personnel while in harness. This benefit of Rs 2.5 lakh will also be extended to the next of kin of the casual workers, the fixed pay workers as well as the Asha, anganwadi and mid-day meal workers,� said the Finance Minister.
He said that in the implementation of Apun Ghar, which is an interest subvention scheme for government employees, it was noticed that the unit cost for a house was found to be beyond the reach of many of the employees primarily because of the high cost of land. �State government will select a developer through a competitive bidding process who will construct affordable houses (apartments) to be purchased by the government employees on earmarked government land. The construction will be monitored by the government which will ensure quality in the construction of these apartments. We also intend to renovate the Secretariat Training School to make it comparable to the best in the country,� he said.
He added that all promotional examinations for all grades of ministerial staff will be made online. He proposed Rs 500 per month as an additional honorarium per worker from the State Budget for mid-day meal workers. This will cost Rs 36 crore to the State exchequer.
The Budget also announced an increase in the Ration Money Allowance to police personnel to Rs 2,000 per month as against Rs 1,200 per month now. Sarma also announced incentive schemes for frontline workers of Kaziranga, Manas and Orang national parks.
�As a gesture of appreciation and encouragement to the frontline staff, we will now incentivise them at the same scale as offered by the National Tiger Conservation Authority,� he added. It may be mentioned that a team from the Dept of Psychology, Cotton University, after a research project on stress, well-being and motivation of the field staff of the KNP, had, on February 24, submitted recommendations to this effect for the State Budget to Finance Minister Sarma and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), MK Yadava, at Aranya Bhawan.
Teachers� transfer: Sarma said the government would bring in a policy to ensure management and transfer of teachers of elementary and secondary schools in accordance with requirement of teachers in schools to improve and maintain proper pupil-teacher ratio, as well as to improve the quality of education in the State and to ensure optimum utilisation of available manpower for effective academic support to the students.
Grant for gaonburhas: Sarma said to re-invigorate the institution of gaonburhas, the government will extend a one-time establishment grant of Rs 10,000 per gaonburha to help them undertake refurbishment, upgradation and modernisation of their office space.