Employees strike hits municipal bodies in Valley
Srinagar, Oct 17: At a time when the Government is contemplating to empower Panchayats in JK, employees of Urban Local Bodies going on an indefinite strike has brought over 47 municipal bodies across the Valley to a grinding halt.
Over 4000 employees of all the municipal committees and councils across the valley, who staged sit-in demo in press enclave here on Monday, have been on strike since Oct 7 demanding the release of their salaries in accordance with “the re-organization in the Housing and Urban Development Department.”
While talking to Greater Kashmir President of JK Urban Local Bodies Employees United Forum Manzoor Ahmad Pampori said, “New rules were drafted by the Government in 2008 to release our salaries in accordance with reorganization of the department, but till date we continue to draw our salaries as per old arrangement,”
The Forum, Pampori said, had requested the concerned authorities to redress their genuine grievances. “However, officials failed to do anything substantial in this regard,” he said, adding the employees were forced to take the recourse of strike.
Director Urban Local Bodies Muhammad Afzal said the problem is due to “illegal recruitments” in the departments. “The department gives 1/3rd of the department’s income as salaries but illegal appointments created the problem. When the Finance Commission recommended giving salaries in accordance with the area and population the expenditure increased and salaries were automatically deducted”, said Afzal.
According to him the funds of around Rs 21.57 Crore were released for the employees last year (April- September). “But this year due to adjustment of illegal appointees and thereby increase in expenditure, over Rs 40 crores were spend this year (April-September)”, he said.
The extent of the government funding of municipal bodies is based on the population of the town.
However, the sources said, this essential norm had not been followed and the funds were released as per the number of employees, thus encouraging this illegal employment.
“The funds generated from local tax collection, devolution funds from the state’s revenue and developmental grants are now exclusively utilized to pay salaries,” they added.
Afzal said he had already sent the recommendation about the issue to the concerned Ministry. “We have sent all the information from the executive officers of the 47 municipal bodies across Kashmir province to the Minister. Now the matter is in the hands of Minister to decide,” he said.
When contacted, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development said the enquiry committee is yet to submit its report. “After we will receive the report from the committee we will accordingly decide what needs to be done in the matter,” he said.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Oct 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM KASHMIR
- Employees strike hits municipal bodies in Valley
- CJM to pronounce order today in prosecution application
- 100 political workers join PC
- Aasiya produced in Court
- Peerzada asks supervisory staff to remain vigilant
- Students complain of ‘mismanagement’
- NC eliminated Yousuf to stop him from making further revelations: PDP
- Omar for conservation of heritage sites
- Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri highway best maintained road
- Congress will empower Panchs, Sarpanchs: Prof Soz
- Soura-Ahmad Nagar road in shambles
- Dr Samoon resumes duty as Div Com
- G’bl stronghold of NC: Saloora
- K-resolution must for Indo-Pak friendship: JKLF (R)
- RDS organizes seminar on drug addiction
- Philatelic exhibition held in Baramulla
- Int'l Year of Chemistry commemorated at SP College
- 2001 KAS batch officers hold reunion
- +2 lecturers seek 40 percent reservation in higher education
- Kashmiri RTI activists part of anti-AFSPA campaign
Srinagar, Oct 17: At a time when the Government is contemplating to empower Panchayats in JK, employees of Urban Local Bodies going on an indefinite strike has brought over 47 municipal bodies across the More
- Srinagar City
Vohra releases regional translation of Aab Chu Dazaan
GK CITY CORRESPONDENT
Srinagar, Oct 17: Prominent bureaucrat and author, Khawaja Farooq RenzuShah has literally set water on fire by authoring a novel Aab Chu Dazaan (Water in flames), which even after two years of hitting More
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Jammu, Oct 17: Pointing out that militancy in the state has come down by 50 per cent, Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda on Monday cautioned against complacency and said the work on the More
- South Asia
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad, Oct 17: The US has moved hundreds of new troops to the Afghan area bordering Pakistan's insurgent-infested North Waziristan tribal region along with heavy artillery, helicopter gunships and More
Jeddah, Oct 17: Six more Indian Haj pilgrims have died in Saudi Arabia while undertaking the annual pilgrimage, taking the total number of Indian causalities to 25, officials said today. "As More