Gehlot’s Diwali bonanza for govt staff

Jaipur: It is good news for the state government employees of Rajasthan ahead of Diwali. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot while approving adhoc bonus on the festive occasion has announced Diwali bonanza to approximately 6 lakh employees of the State.

This Diwali bonus will be paid to all employees getting salaries at pay-matrix level L-12 and below expect the State Service (Gazetted) cadre officers, the release said. Maximum bonus payable for the year 2018-19 will be Rs6,774. This bonus will also be given to Panchayat Samiti, Zila Parishad employees and work-charge employees as well.

The payment of bonus would have an additional financial burden of Rs 406 crores to the state exchequer, said the release.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister took a meeting at CMO with the bureaucrats, which went on for one hour wherein ACS Home Rajeeva Swarup and principal secretary to CM Kuldeep Ranka were also present.

Later the chief minister left for Jhunjhunu where he paid floral tributes to senior Congress leader and former Rajasthan PCC president Ramnarayan Chaudhary on his death anniversary.

Quota for EWS

For giving 10 per cent reservation benefits to Economic Weaker Section (EWS) in state government services and educational institutions, the annual income (maximum Rs8 lakh) of a family will be the only basis. State government has decided to end all other property related provisions. This decision of chief minister Ashok Gehlot, which was taken on Friday, will end the complexity related to provisions of EWS quota and people will be able to take the EWS certificate with ease.

For this, the government will soon make amendment in the provisions related to quota of economically weaker section. Since last few days, various delegations and public representatives had met the CM and informed him about the troubles people were facing in getting EWS certificates and about not getting complete benefit of quota due to complex provisions. They had demanded to make amendment in reservation criteria of EWS. Gehlot took this significant decision seeing inconvenience of youth of weaker sections. This will give opportunities of reservation in state’s government services and educational institutions to the youth of economically weaker section.

Gehlot has given orders to end eligibility criteria related to 5 acre agricultural land and above, residential flat of 1000 square feet or above, residential plot of 100 square yards and above in notified municipalities and residential plot of 200 square yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities for EWS eligibility in state government’s services and educational institutions.

However, eligibility criteria for residents of the state for services of central government and educational institutions will remain like before.

CM Gehlot paying tributes to senior Congress leader and former PCC chief late Ramnarayan Chaudhary on his death anniversary while Deputy CM Sachin Pilot looks on.

Women are all ears as they hear chief minister Ashok Gehlot speak at the rally in Jhunjhunu on Friday.