Minister of State for Finance, Ajay Nanda today informed the Legislative Assembly that the grievances of employees regarding pay anomalies are being examined by the government.
Replying to a Question by Neelam Langeh, he said in pursuance to the implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendations, the Government constituted a Pay Anomaly Committee in October 2009 to look into the grievances of the employees with regard to the pay anomalies. Based on the recommendations of the Pay Anomaly Committee, orders were issued vide No. 296-F of 2010 dated. 21.12.2010 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 Senor Assistants on prospective and non-compounded basis, by corresponding deletion of such provisions which were earlier in vogue.
The Minister said that after an agreement between the high-powered group of the Govt and leaders of Unions/Associations of the employees on 15th September 2011, Government revived pay anomaly committee vide order No. 67-GAD of 2012 dated: 16.01.2012 to once again look into the pay anomalies and disparities with respect to clerical and other categories/cadres. The Committee has made certain recommendations. However, there was lack of consensus among the members regarding the recommendations.
In compliance to court order in SWP No. 3058/2015 & CMP No. 1/2015 titled Jammu, Kashmir Ladakh, All departments Clerical staff association & Ors V/s state, a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary vide G.O No. 420-GAD of 2016 dated. 21-04-2016 to look into the recommendations of the Pay Anomaly Committee constituted, vide Govt Order No. 67-GAD of 2012 dated. 16.01.2012. The committee has met at various occasions and as such the matter is under their examination. After a conclusive view by the Committee, a decision would be taken accordingly, said the Minister.
On the issue of regularization of workers engaged on consolidated wages in various departments, the Minister informed that the employees appointed on adhoc, contractual and consolidated basis against available posts prior to 28.04.2010 are recommended for regularization in terms of J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act, 2010 by the Empowered Committee constituted for the purpose. The Empowered Committee is meeting at regular intervals to dispose all such cases.
He further said that 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. 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.