Shimla: Showering the people of hill state with several beneficial schemes ahead of the festive season, the Himachal Pradesh government has decided to raise the daily wage of private labourers, besides enhancing the honorary prize amount given to freedom fighters. The government has also assured to provide international status to the state level Renukaji fair organized in Sirmour district annually.

Informing about the decisions taken in the meeting here on Monday, government Spokesman said, “The Cabinet has approved the notification of revision of minimum wages of labourers employed in the private sector under the Minimum Wages Act 1948. The revised wages will be payable from October 1, 2010.”

According to the decision taken in the Cabinet meeting here on Monday, a private labourer would now onwards be entitled to get a minimum wage Rs 120 per day instead of Rs 110, while the honorary prize amount given to freedom fighters would be increased from Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per month.

The government has also decided to felicitate the officials and workers related to construction department of projects who achieve targets before time and ensure savings by adhering to allotted project funds.

To decentralize the granted powers under Section 8A of the Himachal Pradesh Village Common Lands Vesting and Utilization Act 1974, the government has empowered the District Magistrates and Deputy Commissioners to take decision on pooling of the entrusted land belonging to the state government. Now, the Magistrate or DC will use the power to ensure speedy handing over of such lands in their command area. 

The Cabinet has also given its nod to fill 16 vacancies in the Revenue Department while it has approved rules for redesigning of the post of Architect-in-Chief and hiring and promotions of Section Officers (gazetted class 1) in Environment and Science and Technology Department, Account Officer (gazetted class 1) and Chief Nursing Officer (gazetted class 1) in Health and Family Welfare Department.

In order to boost employment opportunities and revenue in the state, the Cabinet has accepted the amendment in Section-27 of Punjab Excise Act 1914 which is applied in the state and decided to bring an ordinance in this regard. This will allow owners of the established brand to manufacture their goods in the state itself.