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HP hikes daily wages by Rs 5

Shimla, January 5
The minimum daily wages in Himachal Pradesh have been increased from Rs 70 to Rs 75 with effect from January 1, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced today.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone of a government degree college complex at Nagrota Bhagwan in Kangra district, he said daily wagers with eight years of continued service as on March 31, 2004, would be regularised and get pensionary benefits.

The college complex would be constructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore, he said, adding that the government had opened a record 15 government degree colleges in one year and provided Rs 75 crore for construction of buildings of new colleges.

Earlier, addressing a public meeting after laying the foundation stone of a Rs 7.3-crore Industrial Training Institute building at Sarotri in the same district, he said the government had sanctioned 11,000 anganwadis and the process of recruitment of 22,000 anganwadi workers and helpers was in progress. PTI

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