NEW DELHI: National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) has substantially increased the pay of its employees and outsourced staff posted in high altitude and difficult areas in Uttarakhand,
, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, with effect from June 1.
The move comes even as the government has pushed efforts to transport more workers for border projects in Ladakh where there is an ongoing military confrontation between India and China.
NHIDCL sources said the hike in remunerations and allowances on account of hardships was notified last month (May 19) in its bid to check attrition of employees at such inhospitable sites and also to make postings lucrative.
It also included
in the list of states where employees have started getting higher pay.
Though it said this has been a regular affair, sources said the hike is substantial this time.
Sources said the hike in wage for people deployed in these areas has been increased by more than 100% and the maximum increase has been for those deployed in Ladakh taking into account the harsh conditions.
It’s learnt that the pay of non-technical staff in Ladakh has been doubled or more. Similarly, graduate engineers posted there will now get double the salary than what they were getting till May.
Officials said a large number of personnel of NHIDCL are outsourced including graduate engineers. “There is a need to retain the talent and push our road construction work,” a source said.
It’s learnt that contractual employees posted in these areas will also get Rs 5
lakh health insurance
and Rs 10 lakh accident insurance cover.