Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Government accepted the long standing demand of pensioners of the State for hike of 5 per cent -10 per cent-15 percent in basic pension after attaining age of 65 years, 70 years and 75 years respectively from next financial year.

Hike in pension would put an extra burden of about Rs. 100 crore on the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, on the occasion of All India Pensioners Day function organized by H.P. Pensioners Welfare Association today at Peterhoff, said the State Government had always been committed for welfare of its employees and pensioners.

He said the Government during its present tenure had provided financial benefits worth Rs. 2454.88 crore to its employees. He said that financial benefits worth Rs. 970 crore had been provided to the pensioners during the present tenure of the State Government.

Virbhadra Singh said the State Government had always maintained cordial relations with its employees and pensioners as they were instrumental in effective implementation of policies and programmes of the State Government.

The Chief Minister said the pensioners of the State had given prime of their lives for the State and had played pivotal role in making Himachal Pradesh the model State of the Country.

Singh also honoured senior citizen and pensioner Tara Gupta, 90 years along-with other pensioners on the occasion.

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