Dharamsala, September 8
The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBSE) in a meeting held here today decided to reinstate the possibility of medical reimbursement for its retired employees. The facility was removed for retired staff in 2014.
Refresh allowances increased
- Fees paid to casual workers who are employed in HPSEB book depots will also be increased by Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 per month
- The daily refreshment allowance for teachers and workers employed in checking examinations or other related work has been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 40 per day.
HPBSE chairman SK Soni, in an interview with The Tribune, said it was decided that all council employees, including those who had retired, would be entitled to reimbursement for medical care at the interior in accordance with government rules. However, the council would give a fixed amount of Rs 400 for an outdoor medical consultation, he added.
The board would have to bear an additional financial burden between Rs 70 lakh and Rs 80 lakh per year, Soni said.
The jury also decided to return to the annual examination system for classes IX and XI. But the system of semester exams will continue for classes X and XII.
In a separate decision, only students will be allowed to take the HPBSE Open Schools Program Class VIII exam who have completed their education up to Class V in mainstream schools.
The decision was made under the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Education to increase the strength of students in the primary grades.
Soni also said council buildings across the state would be named after freedom fighters, social workers and scientists. The administrative block of HPBSE’s head office in Dharamsala would be named after former president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, he said.
Fees paid to casual workers employed in HPBSE’s book depots will also be increased by Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 per month. In addition, the daily refreshment allowance for teachers and workers employed in checking examinations or other related work has been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 40 per day.