Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday chaired a meeting with senior office-bearers and advisers of All Assam Karmachari Parishad regarding various issues related to welfare of government employees.
The main agenda of the interaction was the intricacies related to the upcoming revamped employees’ medical reimbursement scheme.
The proposed new system aims to make the medical reimbursement process more streamlined and less time-consuming, the Chief Minister said. He further added that proposals are in place to provide health benefits to Assam government employees in line with those available to the employees of the central government under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). The Chief Minister also appealed to the representatives of the All Assam Karmachari Parishad to help the government in bringing an efficient reimbursement system through their feedbacks on the proposed changes.
In the proposed changes, care has been taken to ensure the current system of approvals from multiple authorities for the final payment of medical bill do not arise, the Chief Minister added.
Sops for Muster-Roll, Regularised Employees. The Chief Minister today also instructed the Principal Secretary of the Finance Department implement the order for a 3% annual increment in salaries of employees on muster-roll/work-charged/fixed-pay system rendering services in various departments of the government.
Further, the Karmachari Parishad had requested the Chief Minister to do away with the system of “retention” with respect to employees who were regularized in the year 2005 through creation of “personal post” but were initially recruited as muster-roll/work-charged/fixed-pay employees. Partially assenting to the demand, the Chief Minister issued instructions to the Finance Department to validate a “retention” order for 5 years, instead of the current practice of having to issue “retention” order every year against each employees.
Chief Minister’s Political Secretary and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Pabitra Margherita, Principal Secretary (Department of Health) Avinash Joshi, Atal Amrit Abhiyan Society CEO Dr. Siddharth Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Samir Kumar Sinha, All Assam Karmachari Parishad President Pradip Dutta, Working General Secretary Shyamanta Das, Chief Adviser Basab Chandra Kalita, among others, were also present.