4.5 lakh employees in JK awaiting DA for 1 yr

Greater Kashmir

The employees said they were awaiting DA since January 2014.

With no elected government in Jammu and Kashmir, the state employees have pinned hopes on Governor N N Vohra for release of their DA arrears and clearance of GPF bills.

The employees said they were awaiting DA since January 2014. “The government is yet to announce 17 per cent DA to more than 4.5 lakh employees in the state,” they said.

The employees said the GP fund bills worth more than Rs 300 crore were awaiting clearance at government treasuries across the state.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, President, Employees Joint Action Committee, Abdul Qayoom Wani said:  “While the inflation has broken the back of salaried class, the non-release of the DA has further aggravating their problems.” He said it was unfortunate that the employees were even denied the GPF, which was their property. 

“Post-floods instead of mitigating the problems of employees, the government added to their woes by stopping GPF and DA,” he said.

“Thousands of employees are awaiting GPF payments so as to repair their flood-hit houses,” Wani said.

“For last one year we have demanding DA and clearance of GPF but nothing has been done. Now we are hopeful that Governor N N Vohra who has always shown employee-friendly attitude will redress our grievances,” he said.

The employees said releasing DA was the responsibility of the government. “The pensioners who have little income are suffering more for want of DA,” they said.