JAMMU, Jan 28: Despite lapse of eight years, the Government has not fixed any time-frame for removal of pay anomalies of clerical cadre of the State.
This can be gauged from the reply given by the Minister of State for Finance, Ajay Nanda in response to the question of BJP MLA from Ramban Neelam Langeh in the Legislative Assembly today.
Pursuant to the implementation of 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations, Pay Anomaly Committee was constituted vide GO No.1387-GAD dated October 8, 2009 and based on its recommendations orders were issued vide GO No.296-F dated December 21, 2010 for removal of pay anomaly of clerical cadre sanctioning therein grant of financial incentive equal to two increments at the time of passing of the Secretariat Assistants Examination conducted by PSC either at the level of Junior Assistants or Senior Assistants on prospective and non-compounded basis by corresponding deletion of such provisions which were earlier in vogue.
Pursuant to the agreement between the high powered group of the Government and leaders of Unions/Associations of the employees on September 15, 2011, Government revived pay anomaly committee vide order No. 67-GAD of 2012 dated January 16, 2012 to once again look into the pay anomalies and disparities with respect to clerical and other categories/cadres.
Though the committee made certain recommendations yet there was lack of consensus among the members regarding the recommendations.
Later, in compliance to court order in petition titled Jammu, Kashmir Ladakh All Departments Clerical Staff Association and Others Versus State, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary vide GO No. 420-GAD of 2016 dated. April 21, 2016 to look into the recommendations of the Pay Anomaly Committee constituted vide Govt Order No. 67-GAD of 2012 dated January 16, 2012.
“The committee has met at various occasions and as such the matter is under its examination”, the MoS Finance said, adding “after a conclusive view by the committee, a decision would be taken”.
Though CPM MLA Mohd Yousuf Tarigami asked the Minister of State for Finance to specify the time-frame for completion of exercise for removal of pay anomalies yet the latter failed to give any time-frame thereby establishing that even after lapse of eight years the Government has not fixed any time-line to provide justice to the clerical cadre.
On the issue of regularization of workers engaged on consolidated wages in various departments, the Minister informed that the employees appointed on ad hoc, contractual and consolidated basis against available posts prior to April 28, 2010 are recommended for regularization in terms of J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act, 2010 by the Empowered Committee constituted for the purpose.
“The Government will start the process of regularization of casual workers of various categories under a set of guidelines and objective criteria during the next financial year”, the MoS Finance said, adding “to begin with, the regularization, on contractual basis, of all those who have given their land to the State Government in lieu of job and have been left out so far will be taken up through a process of documentation and verification which will be done by the General Administration Department”.
“For the remaining categories, a committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary is formulating various options. During the course of the year, the Government will set out a policy with timelines for absorbing these people”, the Minister added.