The state government made a significant decision on Thursday to provide relief to state officers and employees who have more than two children. The personnel department issued an order granting promotions to employees and officers who had more than two children after June 1, 2002. Such officials and employees are now eligible for advancement.
Previously, the government prohibited officers and employees with more than two children from being promoted. These officers and employees were previously promoted and given pay raises after a three-year wait.
This rule, according to an official, was put in place in 2004 during the BJP government led by Vasundhara Raje as chief minister. Her government had decided not to promote any state employee or officer who had a third child after June 1, 2002.
The government had decided at the time to suspend the promotion and other benefits for such employees and officers for a period of five years. For example, if an employee was due a promotion on January 1, 2005, it was supposed to be given to them on January 1, 2010. During this time, the employee’s selection grade was also withheld.
The government reduced the duration of this promotion from five to three years in 2017. However, there was constant pressure to repeal the provision because it was a setback for officers and employees in this category. As a result, the Ashok Gehlot-led government decided to promote and raise salaries for employees with more than two children.
“The demand was first raised by the Rajasthan Housing Board two years ago. Our union had also met former chief secretary Niranjan Arya and submitted a memorandum demanding the withdrawal of the decision to stop promotion for three years. We welcome the decision as it would benefit the families of many employees,” said Dashrath Singh, the state president of Rajasthan Housing Board Employees Union (RHBEU).