Bonanza of sops on I-Day in Raj

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Jaipur, Aug 15 (UNI) Bonanza of sops like raising of retirement age of employees of State Boards, corporations and civic bodies, upgrading of civil bodies in a number of towns and implementation of five-day-week in government offices marked Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's speech at the 62nd Independence day function as the day was enjoyed with traditional joy and gaiety.

Ms Raje unfurled the Tricolor at the state level function in Bikaner. He took salute at the march past and the combined parade of the Para Military Forces, Rajasthan Police, NCC and Scouts.

She felicitated officials for their meritorious services and people from different walks for their contribution in social service.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister tried to woe the people, particularly employees, ahead of assembly elections.

She has announced the raising of retirement age of employees of State Boards, corporations and all civic bodies, to 60 years from 58, at present.

She also announced the upgrading of the Bikaner Municipal Council as Municipal Corporation. Municipal Committees in Kishangarh, Jhunjhunu and Hanumangarh were also being upgraded as Municipal Councils and Municipal Committees were being constituted in Lunkaransar and Khajuwala, Ms Raje said.

The State Government has also decided to implement five-day week in all the state government offices with effect from September 1, the Chief Minister added.

Similar programmes were also held in all the districts. Governor S K Singh hoisted the national flag at a function in Raj Bhawan.

Food and Civil Supply Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari unfurled the Tricolor at district level function held in Chogan Stadium here.

Former Governor Anshuman Singh celebrated the Independence day among disabled children at Nirmal Vidhya Vihar here.

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