CM upgrades panchayat secretaries’ payscale

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Feb 2018 10:19:05

Staff Reporter

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that removing the historic injustice with panchayat secretaries, payscale 5200-20,2000+ 2400 grade-pay will be given to secretaries, who have completed their 10-year service on April 1, 2008.

 Terming the panchayat secretaries as the foundation of rural Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan said that they will now be paid Rs 10,000 from the date of appointment itself. After two years, they will be given 5200-20,2000+ 1900 grade-pay. Chouhan was addressing a panchayat secretaries meet at CM House on Sunday. Chouhan said that women serving as panchayat secretaries will be given 180 days maternity leave. Their secretary husbands will get a 15-day paternity leave.

He said that it is the Government’s duty to honour the panchayat secretaries. Secretaries are an important part of the Government. On compassionate appointment for panchayat secretaries, he said that now, the eligibility for compassionate appointment will be from April 1, 2008. They will get 15-day medical leave in case of illness. He said that the picture of rural Madhya Pradesh will be transformed with the help of panchayat secretaries. All those facilities available in cities will now be available in villages also.

The Chief Minister said that the good performance of Madhya Pradesh in the rural development schemes is due to the hard work of secretaries. He said that about a decade back, the condition of roads, drinking water arrangements, housing facilities and interior roads in the villages was quite bad. Today, a new phase of rural development of Madhya Pradesh is visible. Panchayat secretaries used to get Rs 500 at the time when the Government was formed. The amount was hiked to Rs 1,200 in year 2008 and in 2008, the panchayat secretaries started getting a regular payscale.

He said that the panchayat secretaries have always been supported by the Government. Chouhan said that the Government is working for the welfare of the poor. Poor persons are being made land owners. Madhya Pradesh is on top in the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojana in the country. Assistance will be given through Mukhya Mantri Antyodaya Awas Yojana in case of dearth of funds during construction of rural houses.

Lauding the panchayat secretaries and the Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated them. He said that the rural development schemes will be implemented more effectively with support of all.

Madhya Pradesh is on the second position in the whole country in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Rs 3,500 crore in MNREGA and Rs 8,000 crore has been spent on Panch Parmeshwar Yojana. He said that with the support of the panchayat secretaries, the State is moving ahead in the direction of realizing its dream of all round development. The picture of ruralMadhya Pradesh is changing fast. He urged the panchayat secretaries to serve people and extend support in creating new records in the development of rural Madhya Pradesh.

Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargav said that the processes and systems based on information technology have brought transparency in the rural development schemes. He said that the injustice caused by announcements made in the favour of panchayat secretaries has been removed. He expressed that it is the moral responsibility of the panchayat secretaries to fulfill their duties along with their rights. Bhargav said that Madhya Pradesh will continue to progress in future also just as it has been progressing in rural development. For this, more efforts have to be put.

Madhya Pradesh Panchayat Secretary Association President Dinesh Sharma, Balmukund Patidar, Azad Panchayat Secretary Employees Association President Hakam Singh thanked the Chief Minister on behalf of the panchayat secretaries and felicitated him. A portrait of Mahakal was gifted to CM Chouhan by the secretaries’ organisations. Director Panchayat Shamimuddin proposed the vote of thanks. Rajya Karamchari Sangh President Ramesh Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Panchayat and Rural Development Iqbal Singh Bais, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Ashok Varnawal and large number of secretaries were present on the occasion