About 3.5 lakh employees of the Haryana government will benefit from the revised house rent allowance (HRA) with effect from 1 August, 2019. The revision, which adheres to the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, will result in additional burden of Rs 1900 crore on the state’s exchequer.
Some other incentives were also announced, for instance, the ex-gratia policy for dependents of deceased employees, which had been discontinued in 1996, was again brought into effect. The revived policy will cover those employees, who were 52 years of age or less or had over five years of service to their credit. The family members of the deceased employees, who rely on the salary of the deceased will be offered two options — either receive the salary of the remaining period of service or receive a government job in the Group C or D category for that period, depending on the qualification. However, these offers can only be availed if nobody else in the family holds a government job.
Those dependents who have still not received any financial benefit following the death of the employee(s), have the option to still accept a government job.
In addition, the government also announced a six-month maternity leave for women employees. Another announcement pertained to the promotion of the employees of the primary agriculture cooperative societies in the central cooperative banks.