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Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday announced additional Dearness Allowance (DA) to employees and pensioners from January 2017 to be paid in October, besides announcing Government Degree College at Jeuri. Presiding over the 71st state-level Independence Day function at Rampur in Shimla district, the Chief Minister congratulated the people and said:  “We salute the freedom fighters who laid down their lives for our freedom”.He said the government declared unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 per month to the Class XII qualified youth. The disabled youth were being given allowance of Rs 1,500 per month. He said that emoluments to contract employees had been enhanced from 50 to 75 per cent of grade pay and wages of daily wagers had been increased from Rs 150 to Rs 210. He said the government announced regularisation of contract employees after three years of service, besides many benefits to employees and pensioners.Earlier, the Chief Minister hoisted the National Flag and took a salute from the impressive march past by contingents of the police, Home Guards, NCC, scouts and guides and NSS cadets, including schoolchildren. The parade was led by parade commander Dr Monika Bhatungru from Lahaul. A colourful cultural performance was presented on the occasion. He also gave away prizes to the participants of culture performances and others. Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes was also present on the occasion.

Bilaspur: Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr (Col) Dhani Ram Shandil said the government had benefited 3.90 lakh pensioners by enhancing social security pension from Rs 450 to Rs 700. The government had also enhanced amount given to the recipients of Paramveer Chakra, Ashoka Chakra and Mahaveer Chakra and a war memorial was being constructed at Dharamsala

.Kinnaur: Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi presided over the function at Reckong Peo, the headquarter of Kinnaur district. He said the government had set the target to connect all panchayats with roads.He said 66 kv substation had been set up at Akpa and 22 kv at Boktu.

Manali: On the occasion of Independence Day, members of the Rotary Club, Manali, organised a mega blood donation camp and collected 91 units of blood.Praveen Acharya, president, Rotary Club, Manali, said the club had made a database of 1,000 locals, who donated blood in case of any accident. He said 91 persons, including tourists, donated blood.Munish Khanna a tourist from Jalandhar who donated blood said he donated blood regularly and felt happy to see the club involved in this noble cause.

Chamba: Independence Day was celebrated with enthusiasm in Chamba yesterday. Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri unfurled the Tricolour and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of the police, Home Guards, NCC and ITBP.Speaking at the function, Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri said the state government had ensured equitable, balanced and speedy development of the state.He said that degree colleges had been opened at Bharmour, Pangi, Lilh, Tissa, Salooni, Bhalei, Telka, Sinhuta and Chowari in Chamba district. He said that the classes in Medical College, Chamba, would start from this session.He honoured officers and employees for outstanding service in their respective fields. Cultural programmes were also presented on the occasion.Dakolar to have vegetable market

Shimla: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday dedicated and laid foundation stones of various developmental projects worth Rs 26 crore in Rampur. He laid the foundation stone of sewerage scheme and vegetable market at Dakolar, besides laying foundation stone of sewerage scheme at Khaneri and stone of Kandi-Dugi-Riwani road. He also inaugurated rest house at Rampur.

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