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Kolkata: The nearly 1.30-lakh civic volunteers in the state will get a monthly pay packet thicker by around Rs 3,000 starting from November.

Civic volunteers are causal staff hired by the state to assist police in crowd control and traffic management. Both young men and women are recruited for this.

The state Cabinet, which met at Nabanna this afternoon, approved the salary hike for the civic volunteers, which was announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the month of May.

Health minister (state) Chandrima Bhattacharya told reporters after the Cabinet meeting that with effect from 1 October, the salary of the civic volunteers will get revised to 8,000. At present, a civic volunteer gets Rs 5,200 a month.

The decision means that when a civic volunteer gets his October salary, it will be Rs 8,000.

This apart, the state Cabinet today extended the retirement age of full-time nursing staff by two years to 62 years. Similarly, the tenure of contractual nurses has been increased from 39 years to 45 years.

There are around 50,000 nursing staff in state-run hospitals which is far less than the actual requirement. Given this, the Cabinet has decided to set up 27 general nursing & midwifery training schools to train more nursing staff, the minister said. The Cabinet today also sanctioned 5,250 new nursing posts.

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