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Retirement age raised to 62, Rs 270 per quintal as paddy bonus:

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C'garh CMRaipur | Thursday, Aug 15 2013 IST
 
Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh today announced his government's decision to increase the retirement age for its employees from 60 to 62 years and pay a paddy bonus of Rs 270 per quintal to the farmers every year.

"The benefit of the enhanced age of retirement made effective from the current month, would be extended to the employees of all Municipal Corporations, boards, state government undertakings and panchayats," Dr Singh announced during his Independence Day addressat the Police Parade Ground here.

Keeping an eye on the coming elections, the Chief Minister further said the paddy growers, who were paid a bonus of Rs 270 per quintal of paddy this year over and above the support price, would get the bonus every year.

The state had purchased 71.35 lakh tonnes of paddy worth Rs 11,000 crore from farmers this year and disburshed about Rs 2,000 crore as bonus, he added.

Dr Singh also announced substantial hike in the monthly honorarium of panchayat workers and Kotwars, who would also get cycle and solar torch free of cost besides insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh in case of death due to Naxal violence.

The Chief Minister also announced creation of a new Durg division in the state with bifurcation of Raipur division with a view to increase administrative efficiency.

The new Durg division would comprise of Rajnandgaon, Balod, Durg, Bemetra and Kawardha. "The state government is also going to start the process for reorganising tehsils," he said.

Listing out the tremendous growth achieved by the state in the fields of agriculture, power, education, infrastructure, irrigation, industries and health, the Chief Minister said he was satisfied with the implementation of various welfare schemes for all sections of people, including farmers, tribals and economically backward during the last nine and a half year of the BJP regime. In many areas, Chhattisgarh was in the forefront of the country, he added. More UNI SS PA CS1558 NNNN

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