Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu on Wednesday said the 7th Pay Commission recommendations for government employees would be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir from April 2018.
In his Budget speech, the Finance Minister said, “Detailed modalities in this regard will be issued by Finance department in due course of time.”
Stating that the “unaddressed” pay anomalies of the government employees will be addressed in the run- up of the 7th Pay Commission, Drabu said a group of knowledgeable professionals will be appointed to make recommendations to the committee constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary.
“This will be the basic groundwork to address the pay anomalies of the government employees which have remained unaddressed,” he said.
He said the government intends to start the regularization process of the estimated 61,000 casual and other workers from 2017-18.
“In the course of the next financial year, I intend to start the process of regularization of the casual workers of various categories subject to a set of guidelines and objective criteria,” he said.
Terming the issue of daily-wagers and casual labourers as a social issue, the Finance Minister said the previous governments engaged 61,000 casual, seasonal, ad hoc, temporary, NYCs and various other categories of persons in various departments without proper authorization and without thinking about source of wages or remuneration for them.
He also announced regularization on contractual basis of all those who have given their land to state government on promise of government job and have been left out so far.
“They will have to go through a process of documentation and verification which will be done by the General Administration Department,” he said.
On the issue of regularization of remaining categories of employees, Drabu said the government is working out modalities to absorb them.
“The issue is currently being looked into by a committee headed by Chief Secretary for formulation of various options to deal with the issue. Government will set out a policy with the timelines for absorbing these people. During the course of the year, the Government will set out a policy with timelines for absorbing these people.”