Thursday, November 3, 2011

Punjab cabinet approves ACP scheme , child care leave and other benefits

The Punjab cabinet today{02/11} introduced the  Assured Career Progression Scheme (ACP) 4-9-14  in the  pre- May 28 , 2009  format w.e.f. November 1, 2011 .  However, the employees who got the consequential  benefits under the modified ACP would not be deprived of the same.  The cabinet also decided to regularize all daily wage  and work charged employees in different departments,  boards and corporations in the state. This is in addition  to an across the board Special Permanent Grade Pay of  Rs. 150  plus allowances including DA, HRA to all its  employees up to Pay Band 3 with Grade Pay of Rs.5400   and would also be included to determine pension. In a landmark decision, the government also decided to  extend all pensionary benefits to all its employees  retiring on or after April 1, 2012  at the completion of 25 years of service, instead of the present 33  years.
In a special gesture to its women employees, the  government also introduced a special Child Care Leave  of one year, in addition to the maternity leave, for all  women having at least one child below the age of 18   years. A meeting of the cabinet held under the chairmanship  of Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, also  announced handsome package for the Punjab police  personnel, including special permanent grade pay and  one special increment besides manifold increase in  conveyance allowance to all ranks from Constables to  Inspectors. Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that the all the allowances not  specifically dealt with by the 5th Punjab Pay  Commission would be doubled while those left  untouched by the Previous Pay Commissions shall be  made four times. In a major relief to the group ‘D’ employees as well as  drivers, the Cabinet decided to grant one special  permanent increment to all such employees like  peons, chowkidars, malis etc. The drivers would also be  entitled to have a special allowance of Rs.1400  per  month. Recognizing the arduous nature of the police personnel  right from the level of Constable up to an Inspector,  the cabinet gave nod to grant one special permanent  increment to all police personnel who are in service as  on  31.3.2012 . This would be in addition to Rs.150  special grade pay to all employees in the Pay Band 3 i.e. Rs. 10300-34800  with grade pay of Rs.5400 . Besides, their  conveyance allowance would be made at par with the  ministerial staff of appropriate parity. The House Rent Allowance (HRA) admissible to the  employees serving within the limits of municipal  corporations of Patiala and Bathinda have been hiked  from 15 % to 20 % so as to be at par with Chandigarh and  SAS Nagar, Mohali. The cabinet also decided that in case an employee who is entitled for rent free  accommodation and is not offered such accommodation would be granted an additional benefit equivalent to 5  % of his revised pay, over and above the normal house  rent allowance. In a significant move reflecting governments special  concern for the women employees, the cabinet decided to grant fully paid leave up to one year during the  entire career in part or whole for the child care. This  leave could be availed of at any time as long as at least one child is below the age of 18  years.  This would not  be debited to the leave account and would be in  addition to other leave entitled to them including  maternity leave as at present. The cabinet also gave approval to regularize the  services of daily wage and work charged employees in  all departments, boards and corporations as long as  they have completed 10  years of service as on  December1, 2006  subject to the fulfillment of  educational qualification. However, contractual  employees who have been engaged through a  transparent or competitive mechanism would be  eligible for regularization up to completion of 3 years  of service. This shall extend to all the government  departments, boards corporations, statuary bodies,  societies and Apex Cooperative Institutions. These  benefit would be generally applicable w.e.f from  December1,  2011  unless otherwise specifically  provided. The cabinet also made an impassioned appeal to all the employees unions and organizations to shun the path  of agitation approach in the largest interest of the  people of Punjab and appealed to them to discharge  their duties with utmost dedication, sincerity and  commitment.
Source : Punjabnewsline.
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