Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the state government has decided to raise the age limit for tribals from the current 37 to 40 years to appear in the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) examination.
Khandu said this at a function held on Tuesday evening.
Expressing shock and disgust over the recent paper leak scam in APPSC, Khandu said the state government was alive to the age concerns of the aspirants and hence decided to increase the age limit.
“It is our government that has raised the age limit for APPSC exams from 35 to 37. We will raise it to 40 for the benefit of all candidates, including those who have lost a fair chance because of a few vested interests,” the Chief Minister said.
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He said that the State Public Service Commission is in the process of complete modernization and a strong and stringent SOP like Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) will soon be in place.
The chief minister assured the people that his government will deal with all forms of corruption with an iron hand and warned the corrupt officials.
“As a Chief Minister, I may not have the power to give employment, but I still have the power to take it away,” he said.
In line with the recommendations of the Central Pay Commission (CPC), Khandu has announced that the dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) of all regular state government employees will be increased by four per cent and DA/DR will be drawn from 28 to 32 percent with effect from July 1 this year.
He also said that state government employees will now get House Rent Allowance (HRA) at par with central government employees.
Khandu announced that government doctors will henceforth be given non-practicing allowance (NPA), which has been a long-standing demand of the doctor fraternity in the state.
He said that the implementation of all these announcements would incur an additional burden of Rs 172 crore annually on the state exchequer.
However, he said his government is capable and ready to shoulder the extra burden.
“Our government is a performing government. We have more than doubled our revenue in recent years, Rs 172 crore but a small amount is spent on the welfare of our employees who are the backbone of the government,” the Chief Minister said.
Khandu hoped that the 68,000 state government employees would respond positively and perform their duties with sincerity and diligence.
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