The Kerala Government on Wednesday, February 10, decided to provide the revised pension from April 1 as per the recommendations of the Eleventh Pay Commission.
The Cabinet gave the nod to effect the pension reform from July 1, 2019. The pay revision will also come into effect from April. As per the present system, a person having 30 years of full service will get full pension. A person having minimum service of ten years will get minimum pension. The cabinet decided to increase the minimum basic pension to Rs 11,500 and maximum basic pension to Rs 83,400.
The council of ministers also decided to increase the minimum basic family pension to Rs 11,500 and maximum basic family pension to Rs 50,040. The Government also decided to increase the medical allowance for pensioners and family pensioners to Rs 500 per month. This allowance will continue until the implementation of the Medical Insurance Scheme.
REPORTING OF VACANCIES TO PSC
Chief Minister said that 1,55,000 appointments were made through PSC during the present government’s tenure. He noted that the government was committed to making appointments transparent. The Chief Minister mentioned that the PSC published five times the number of vacancies in the rank list. As such, 80 per cent of the candidates are less likely to get appointments, he added.
“The only thing the government can do is to accurately report vacancies. With this in mind, steps are taken to remove the obstacles in reporting vacancies,” he said.
COMMITEE TO OVERSEE REPORTING OF VACANCIES
The Cabinet also decided to take stern action against the officials who fail to report vacancies to the PSC in time. The government decided to constitute a committee of the Chief Secretary and the Additional Chief Secretary of the Civil Service Reform Department to ensure the reporting of vacancies.
In some departments, promotions do not take place due to lack of qualified personals for being promoted. te PSC will fill these promotion posts.
The Kerala government on Wednesday, February 10, gave the nod for implementing light metro in the districts of Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.
The total project cost comes to Rs 7,446 crore. The Thiruvananthapuram project will cost Rs 4,673 crore and the Kozhikode project Rs 2,773 crore. The cabinet that met on February 10 decided to submit the project proposal to the Central Government for approval.
The Cabinet also agreed to the rs 1528 crore Water Metro (Integrated Urban Regeneration and Water Transport System) in Kochi.
WAYNAD MEDICAL COLLEGE
The Kerala government decided to upgrade the Mananthavady District Hospital to Medical College Hospital for the time being. A three-storey building for nursing students near the district hospital will function as the academic block. The government also decided to create necessary posts for the Medical College.
PLACES OF WORSHIP
The local bodies shall have the authority to give permission for the construction or reconstruction of a building for religious purposes and worship. Under the existing system, one has to get permission of the District Collector for the construction of places of worship.