J&K Govt employees to get salaries at par with Centre

Lt Governor Girish Cahndra Murmu chairing a meeting of officials in Jammu and Kashmir

Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu Thursday extended various benefits of Central pay grade in favour of the 4.5 lakh government employees in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The General Administration Department on Thursday issued an order giving benefit of Children Education Allowance (CEA) and hostel subsidy for children of the employees.

The amount for reimbursement of CEA has been fixed at Rs 2250 per month per child. The ceiling of hostel subsidy has been fixed Rs 6750 per month. However, the reimbursement of CEA for Divyaang (Disable) children of government employees stands at Rs 4500 per month. If both the spouses are government employees, only one of them can avail the benefit of CEA.

Government employees can avail the CEA till the child attains 20 years or is 12th class pass, whichever is earlier. However, the upper age limit for disable child stands at 22 years. The ceiling would be automatically raised by 25% every time the Dearness Allowance (DA) on the revised pay structure goes up by 50%.

Government also granted Transport Allowance to the employees for various pay levels. For the pay level 9 and above rupees 7200 +DA admissible, level 3 and above but below level 9 Rs 3600 + DA, upto level 2 Rs 1350+DA applicable in cities. For the employees who are posted at other places the rates of TA and DA differ. For pay level 9 and above Rs 3600 + DA, for level 3 and above but below level 9 Rs 1800+DA and upto level 2 Rs 900+DA. However, employees who are drawing pay of Rs 24,200 and above pay level SL 1 to SL 3 are eligible for TA @ 3600+DA in the cities and 1800+DA at other places.

Government of Jammu and Kashmir also sanctioned grant of incentives for acquiring fresh higher qualification by government employees in fields that are directly relevant to the employee’s job. Sanction of Rs 30,000 for Phd or equivalent, PG/Degree/Diploma of duration of more than a year Rs 25,000, PG/Degree/Diploma of duration of a year Rs 20,000, Degree/Diploma of duration more than three years Rs 15,000, Degree/Diploma of duration three years or less Rs 10,000. All incentives acquired after induction into service and limited to maximum two times in an employee’s career.

GOVT CONSTITUTES COMMITTEE TO REVIEW IAS CADRE ISSUES:

To examine the issues regarding strength and composition, promotions and implication on post inductions and other related issues to All India Service Cadre, Government of Jammu and Kashmir today constituted a committee to look into the matters asking the panel to submit its report to General Administration Department by 13 December, 2019.

The committee comprises of Atal Dulloo IAS, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department; Shaleen Kabra IAS, Principal Secretary to the government, Home department; Manoj Kumar Dwivedi IAS, Commissioner /secretary to the government, department of Forest, Ecology and Environment; Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone IAS, Secretary to the government, General Administration Department; Achal Sethi, Secretary to the government, department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs; and Charandeep Singh KAS, Additional Secretary to the government, General Administration Department.