Shimla | TNR
A committee headed by the state Chief Secretary to look into the issue of pending jobs on compassionate grounds in various state government departments will be formed soon.
The committee is expected to reconsider a 5% increase in quota for jobs falling under this category as well as the income limit.
This information was provided by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur during Question Hour in the state Assembly following Opposition leader Mukesh Agnihotri’s query.
2779 cases pending post-2019
The Chief Minister said the government has revised the policy on pending jobs to be given on compassionate grounds considering the needs of people dependent on them.
There are at least 2779 such cases pending with the government currently. Instructions have been given to fill vacant posts available on compassionate grounds on a priority basis as per the new policy.
706 people get employed since 2018
706 people have been appointed on compassionate grounds between January 2018 and January 2021.
In the past, such jobs were given only to dependents of those people who passed away before the age of 50 while in service.
This, however, was not based on humanitarian grounds. The government has now declared that dependents of the earning member would be eligible to get a job on compassionate grounds even if the person passed away on the last day of service.
The income limit will be Rs 2.50 lakhs. Cases pending in 2019 which stood at 4040 showed a sharp decline with the numbers falling to 2779 currently. The government has decided to keep aside a 5% quota for these jobs in various departments