The Arunachal Chief Minister – Pema Khandu, noted that the state administration aims to enhance the age-limit of tribal candidates to 40 years from the present 37 years, for appearing in the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) examinations.
Addressing a function on Tuesday, the Arunachal CM mentioned that the state administration has decided to raise the age-limit of applicants.
“It was our government that raised the APPSC test age requirement from 35 to 37. For the benefit of all applicants, including those who were denied a fair shot because of a few vested interest persons, we will enhance the age-limit to 40,” the chief minister said.
We care for our youth, they all deserve a fair chance
To ensure this, we've decided to increase the upper age limit from 37 years to 40 years for APST candidates.
We will always stand by our youth. They're our future! We'll protect them and nurture their talent! pic.twitter.com/SxxstS1Keh
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) November 23, 2022
He claimed that the state public service commission is undergoing a full makeover, and soon a robust and strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) would be in place with the Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB).
The chief minister admonished the corrupt officials and reassured the populace that the state government will deal strictly with all forms of corruption.
In accordance with the recommendations of the Central Pay Commission (CPC), Khandu announced that the dearness allowance (DA) and dearness relief (DR) for all regular state government employees would be increased by 4%, bringing the DA/DR from 28% to 32% as of July 1 of this year.
The state government employees will also now receive House Rent Allowance (HRA) at par with central government employees.
Khandu further announced that Non Practising Allowance (NPA) would be paid to government doctors, which was a long pending request of the doctor fraternity of the state.
He said that while implementing all these announcements, the state exchequer will have to bear additional burden of Rs 172 crore per year. However, the state government is capable and ready to bear the extra burden.
“Our government is a performing government. In recent years we have more than doubled our revenue generation and Rs 172 crore is but a small amount to be spent on welfare of our employees, who in fact are the backbone of the government,” the chief minister said.
Khandu, hoped that 68,000 state government employees would reciprocate positively and perform their duties with sincerity and diligence.