Jammu and Kashmir’s Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu Wednesday clarified that the employees of the state will get 7th pay commission benefits with retrospective effect from January 1, 2016.
Responding to the opposition in the Legislative Council here, Drabu said the PDP government has accepted to implement the pay commission recommendations without any hartals by the employees.
“In the past, employees had to come on roads and go on strike to push for implementation of pay commission, but this time our government has ordered its implementation as it is their right,” he said.
“Employees will get the benefits of the pay commission with retrospective effect from January 2016,” Drabu said, adding that the government is also working on formulating plan for paying arrears on this account.
“The Secretaries will formulate roadmap for payment of arrears,” he added.
Jammu and Kashmir will implement the recommendations of the 7th pay commission from April 2018 to give a massive 23.5 per cent salary hike to the government employees and pensioners in the state, Finance Minister had said while presenting his third consecutive budget.
Drabu in his budget speech to the state assembly said the hike in salaries and post-retirement payouts will be as per the commission recommendations, which were implemented by the central government.
The central government announced the pay hike for its employees in June last year and a majority of the states have also implemented the recommendations of the pay panel fixing the minimum monthly salary for an employee at Rs 18,000 from the earlier Rs 7,000.
The maximum salary, as per the pay panel recommendations, is fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh for the Cabinet Secretary, which is more than double the previous pay of Rs 90,000 a month for the country’s top bureaucrat. For other officers in the top scale — secretary or equivalent, the monthly salary is now around Rs 225,000.
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