Cabinet okays 6th pay scale for aided teachers

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 26th Sep: A state cabinet meeting convened at the cabinet hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Thursday morning has approved implementation of 6th pay commission for teachers of government aided schools.
In all 57 agendas including four agendas which are not in the list of different government departments were thoroughly discussed in the meeting.
Elaborating on the cabinet meeting, Education minister Th Radheshyam, who is also the government spokesperson, informed that the meeting gave nod to the DPC held earlier for filing up the posts that were left vacant following retirement of aided school teachers. He conveyed that the meeting also decided to convert Senapati Aided Junior High School into a full-fledged high school as done in other district headquarters, saying that the school has already accommodated students up to Class X standard after getting approval from Board of Secondary Education Manipur (BSEM).
He said that student bodies of Senapati district and MLAs elected from the assembly constituency have been demanding upgrade of the school to a full-fledged high school. The minister divulged that the meeting discussed the government’s move to legalise Cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes but a firm decision in this regard was not taken. A final decision on legalisation of Cannabis plantation in different parts of the state for various purposes will be taken by the cabinet after seeking views of the public and formulating an effective policy, he added.
He further informed that the cabinet meeting approved construction of offices for Narcotic Control Bureau and National Investigation Agency at Settlement area at Lamphelpat by acquiring 2 acres of land on lease for 50 years and that the lease would be extended from time to time as per the need. The meeting also agreed to fill up half of the 1400 vacant posts of teachers and staff under Tribal Affairs in consideration of the present need, he conveyed.
Radheshyam disclosed that the meeting also discussed hike of monthly honorarium for Autonomous District Council chairman, vice-chairman and members and Zilla Parishads, Gram Panchayat pradhans and members. He asserted that large amount of money will be incurred from the state in increasing monthly honorarium for the officials and as such the Finance Department will be entrusted with the task of calculating the sum that could be hiked and the matter will be placed in the next cabinet meeting.
He conveyed that the cabinet meeting also resolved to double the excise tax levied on foreign liquors sold by paramilitary forces, army and security forces posted in the state and that a target has been set to increase collection of excise tax per year from security personnel to Rs 23 crore from Rs 9 crore.
The meeting then decided to extend the service period of Manipur Development Society (MDS) chief engineer Salam Rupkumar up to six months though he is supposed to retire this month, the education minister added.
In view of ailing conditions of former trainee reporter of Sanaleipak daily Pangabam Naobi and Naharolgee Thoudang ex-reporter Ringo Pebam, the state cabinet decided to provide Rs 2 lakh each to them under Manipur State Journalists’ Welfare Scheme while relaxing norms of the scheme meant for scribes.
In another agenda, the state cabinet decided to extend compensation to those families whose houses were torched during Maram-Makhan land conflict on September 17 in which an estimated Rs 1.43 crore worth properties were reportedly destroyed. Altogether 18 houses including 12 under-construction and 14 shops were destroyed during the inter-village conflict and government decided to reimburse half of the total cost of properties destroyed to compensate the losses. The state cabinet also approved allotment of land to Imphal Smart City Limited for construction of a significant building for the Integrated Command & Control Centre (ICCC) of Imphal Smart City project.
The cabinet approved handing over of a land measuring 0.5 acre at Dag No. 603 of 25 (A) at Kabo Leikai to Imphal Smart City Limited.
In another agenda, the cabinet approved further re-engagement of engineer in-chief of water resources department till March 31, 2020.
The state cabinet also decided to fill up 27 vacant posts of inspector of taxes at department of taxes through direct recruitment.


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