JKPaySys: ‘Govt withholds salaries of 5 lakh employees’
EJAC members stage sit-in, seeks deferment of new payment system
Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) Tuesday staged a protest here, demanding deferment of implementation of JK Pays System (JKPaySys), an electronic framework for submission of bills.
The Committee said owingto "untimely implementation" of the new system, salaries of five lakhgovernment employees has been withheld for April.
A group of the member ofthe EJAC, an amalgam of various government employees associations, assembled atPress Enclave here. While maintaining social distancing, they staged a briefsilent sit-in.
EJAC, General SecretaryKhurshid Ahmad Bhat said the JK Pays System was an employee-friendlyinitiative.
"However, in absence ofman power and high speed internet, the process to update data of employeesonline was moving at snail's pace and hence the salaries of employees has beenwithhold,." He said.
He said normally theemployees would receive salary by 3rd of the new month. "But we are yet toreceive the last month salary even as 12 days of the month have alreadypassed," he said.
Bhat said government hasreleased salary of only those employees working in civil secretariat and SrinagarMunicipal Corporation (SMC).
"The salary of lakhs ofemployees is still pending," he said. "Employees fear the government mightwithheld their salary for long time owing to delay in uploading the data ofemployees online."
JK Pay Sys was the long pendingdemand of the employees for a smooth, hassle-free, and time saving mechanismfor payment of bills in online mode.
Bhat said the DDOs wereunable to upload the data of employees falling within their domain due tolow-speed internet.
"It takes 20 to 25 minutesfor uploading data of a single employee at the 2G internet speed," he said.
He said ministerial staffin offices which otherwise would have been pressed to upload data, were alsonot coming to offices amid COVID19 lockdown.
The finance department hadissued an order on April 1, asking authorities that payment through treasuriesshall be made through JKPaySys from April 15.
All the treasury officershave also been asked to not entertain manual bills for processing of payment.
The EJAC appealed the governmentto postpone the order for some time till updation of data was completed inJ&K.
"We also demand advancerelease of salary for May in view of COVID19 lockdown and upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.Currently, it is only the salary of the employee which circulates in society asall other economic activities have been put under suspension due to thepandemic," they said.
Others who were part ofthis sit-in included EJAC executive members Shabir Ahmad Langoo, Latief AhmadMalik, and Sajad Ahmad Parray.