'Employees will have to wait for arrears'
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Jammu, March 17: Signalling a subtle no to the payment of 6th Pay Commission arrears, Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Wednesday said the employees shall have to wait till the resources become available for the purpose.
Replying to the Budget discussion in the assembly, the finance minister said that there was no scope in the 13th Finance Commission to pay the arrears.
Rejecting the argument of former Deputy Chief Minister and senior PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig that the state could seek the funds for the purpose under non-revenue expenditure head, Rather said there was no such provision in the 13th Finance Commission Report as mentioned by him (Baig).
The finance minister said that it is clearly mentioned in the report that the state has to manage its own resources to payoff the arrears due on the retrospective implementation of revised pay scale.
Expressing his displeasure, the Minister said “Baig was not himself sure about any such scope that is why he suggested government to contact Finance Commission chief and the Prime Minister over the issue”.
“Three days after the Finance Commission turned down the demand, chief minister, Omar Abdullah met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to seek his personal intervention”, he said.
The finance minister said that the government doesn’t want to harass the employees and their dues will be released but they (employees) have to wait till govt finds out some other alternative. He expressed optimism that a consensus would evolved in the talks, scheduled for March 19 with the employees.
He said that the Government had made a commitment to pay the arrears, as and when the resources become available. However, he said, the Cabinet Sub Committee shall be meeting the employees’ leaders with an open mind on 19th of March to resolve the issue.
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