During AP Cabinet meeting CM gives clarity
Cabinet takes key decisions including regularization of contract workers
Amaravati, June 7: Andhra Pradesh Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, took key decisions at its meeting held at the Secretariat here on Wednesday.
The Cabinet agreed to constitute 12th PRC and implement the AP Guaranteed Pension scheme (GPS) for the Government employees replacing the CPS. The GPS envisages payment of 50 per cent of the last-month’s salary as pension to the retired employees.
While the employees and Government would pay 10 percent each towards contribution for this, the retired employees would also get DRs twice in a year based on Central Government’s DA.
The Cabinet has decided to regularize the services of contract employees who had completed five years of service as on June 2, 2014, the date of bifurcation. With this decision, services of 10,117 contract employees would be regularized.
The Cabinet sanctioned 6840 new posts in various departments including 3920 vacancies in the police battalion, 116 posts in the RIMS, Kadapa, 11 posts in the Government Hospital for Mental Care at Visakhapatnam, 23 posts for upgrading the Sitanagaram PHC in Rajanagaram Assembly constituency, 41 medical specialists for the kidney research center at Palasa, 476 Nightwatch men posts in Government junior colleges, 65 posts in Fisheries University at Narsapuram and 75 posts for Fisheries Science college.
It has also approved the Government’s decision to abolish Vidya Vidhan Parishath and treat its 14, 653 employees as Government employees who would be shifted to Directorate of Secondary Health. The Cabinet also sanctioned 2118 posts for the new medical colleges.
It has been decided to enhance HRA from 12 to 16 per cent for government employees working in district head quarters and increase the DA by 2.73%. Arrears would be paid from Jan 1, 2022. This would impose an additional financial burden of Rs. 200crore every month on the State Exchequer.
It has also given its nod to appoint regular employees in BC residential junior colleges, create super numery posts in Cooperative Societies and to upgrade the Deputy EE posts in Agricultural Marketing department as EE.
The Cabinet has also decided to establish two junior colleges in every Mandal, one for girls and the second to cater to co-educational needs. With the aim of improving English communication skills of the students, the Cabinet has decided to impart training to students of classes from 3 to 9 and hold 3 preparatory examinations to help them face TOEFL. If necessary, teachers would be sent to the USA for special training.
The Cabinet also gave its nod to go ahead with the disbursal of Amma Vodi funds to the beneficiaries on June 28 and distribute Jagananna Vidya Kanuka Kits on June 12 besides ratifying the proposal to falicitate meritorious students of class 10 with Jagananna Animuthyalu awards.
The Cabinet approved a proposal to allot 28.35 acres of land on lease for 99 years to the Chittoor Dairy to benefit dairy famers in the cooperative sector, It has also authorized the APFSL to acquire loans to the tune of Rs.445crore to expand 5G broadband services in the rural areas,
The Cabinet also approved the Green Hydrogen, Ammonia Policy and gave its nod for the establishment of 300 MW green energy plant in the private sector with an investment of Rs. 300crore in Satya Sai District. Government aims to generate 0.5 million tons of hydrogen and 5 million tons of ammonia per annum. This would provide employment to 12,000 people and give a boost to the renewable energy sector in the State.
The Cabinet has given its nod to provide statutory protection to the Aadhar Card by ratifying the Aadhar Ordinance-2023.
The Cabinet has decided to hand over the management of temples which are getting an annual income of less than Rs. 5 lakh to the respective committees. This would be in force for 5 years and the temple Archakas or local committees would be allowed to run them.
It has also decided to protect the Endowment lands and prevent their encroachment by amending the present laws.
Cabinet observes silence
The Cabinet has observed one minute silence in memory of the train mishap victims in Odisha.
In the Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister suggested that all ministers should work hard coordinating with the party MLAs saying that election notification is due after 9 months.
“You should work hard these nine months coordinating with the MLAs and other party leaders,” he told them.