Sops for coop institutions' staff in MP

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Bhopal, Sep 30 (UNI) As Madhya Pradesh races towards year-end assembly hustings, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today announced a bouquet of benefits for the staff of cooperative institutions at all levels.

Addressing a convention of personnel of cooperative bodies, cooperative banks and people's representatives associated with the cooperative movement, at his official residence here, Mr Chouhan said, ''Cooperative fair price shops are to be made multipurpose and retirement age of personnel of cooperative institutions of all the levels is to be increased from 58 to 60 years.'' A committee is to be constituted for laying down uniform service conditions for staff of cooperative institutions. The committee would submit its report in the specified time limit. It shall include representatives of cooperative bodies and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, an official release said.

A process of regularisation of services of cooperative institutions' employees working on contract, work charge and daily wages would be adopted on the lines of the procedure of regularisation of daily paid employees of the government.

The Board of Directors of apex institutions and central cooperative banks shall no longer be required to obtain requisite permission for granting service extension to their employees.

Fifty per cent dearness allowance (DA) of cooperative bank staff is to be clubbed with basic pay. Fifteen per cent interim relief would also be provided against DA.

An assistant of the cooperative bodies would receive minimum pay of Rs 2,500 per month, seller Rs 2,000 per month and watchman Rs 1,500. The payment of minimum pay would be compensated by the state government from its budget.

Cooperative institutions will have the right to make recruitment, the release added.

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