J&K Govt to reimburse pension, family pension to Ladakh’s 26 ex-legislators

‘Ladakh UT has no enabling provision for payment of pension’
J&K Govt to reimburse pension, family pension to Ladakh’s 26 ex-legislators
Their pension or family pension was authorised under the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature Members’ Pension Act, 1984, and the rules that were framed thereunder.File/ GK

Jammu: The J&K government Wednesday accorded sanction to the continuation of payment of a pension or family pension along with admissible allowances in favour of 26 ex-legislators belonging to the Union Territory of Ladakh.

Their pension or family pension was authorised under the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature Members’ Pension Act, 1984, and the rules that were framed thereunder.

The sanction for the continuation of payment of pension was accorded by the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha after the office of the Principal Chief Controller of Accounts, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India clarified that these pension payments should be dealt with by the Secretariat or DDO (Drawing and Disbursing Officer) of the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir.

Before it, the Union Territory of Ladakh had expressed its inability to pay pension to its ex-legislators as there was no enabling provision under which it could pay (pension or family pension to them).

As per an order issued by the Secretary J&K Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Achal Sethi, the Finance Department would make a budgetary provision for the payment and work out modalities for disbursement of pensionary benefits through the concerned treasuries or banks.

“The pension or family pension for the ex-legislators of J&K is being sanctioned in terms of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature Members Pension Act, 1984, which has been retained for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, by Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, which continues with Legislative Assembly. However, this act has been repealed for the Union Territory of Ladakh, which continues without legislature,” Sethi said.

“In pursuance of the clarification by the Principal Chief Controller of Accounts, Ministry of Home Affairs in response to inability expressed by the Union Territory of Ladakh, the competent authority with the concurrence of Finance Department, conveyed vide U O No FD-Code/300/ 2021-03-1156 dated 24 November 2021 has accorded approval to the continuance of payment of a pension or family pension along with admissible allowances in favour of ex-legislators belonging to the Union Territory of Ladakh,” he said.

As per the list, ex-MLA Qamar Ali Akhoon will get Rs 84,000 as a monthly pension including allowances.

Former legislators Feroz Ahmad Khan, Asgar Ali Karbali, Tsering Samphel, Deldan Namgial, Syed Muhammad Baqir Rizvi, Skalzang Angdoo, Nissar Ali, Ghulam Raza, Narboo Gialchan, Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi, Togdan Rimpochey, and Anayat Ali would get Rs 60,000 as monthly pension including admissible allowances.

Ex-MLAs Tsetan Namgyal would be provided with Rs 72,000, Nawang Rigzin Jora would get Rs 78,000, Sonam Gyalson would be paid Rs 55,000 and Sonam Wangchuk Narboo would get Rs 70,000.

Ex-MLC Chering Dorjay would be paid Rs 68,000.

Fatima Banoo, wife of late Muhammad Abass, ex-MLA would be paid Rs 39,000; Yangchan Spalzes Narboo, wife of late Sonam Narboo, ex-MLA would get Rs 42,000 as family pension.

Under the family pension head, Hajra Banoo, wife of late Munshi Habibullah, ex-MLA would get Rs 67,000; Zila Malu and Hasina Banoo, wives of late Ahmadulla Azad, ex-MLC would get Rs 18,750 each; Fiza Khatoon, wife of late Nassurullah, ex-MLC would be paid Rs 37,500 and Roqia Banoo, wife of late Aziz Muhammad Qari, ex-MLC would be provided with Rs 42,000.

As per the list, the case of Tsewang Dolma, wife of late P Namgyal, ex-MLC had been forwarded to AG’s Office Srinagar for authorisation of a family pension of Rs 55,500.

Similarly, the case of Fatima Banoo, wife of late Aga Syed Jamal, ex-MLC had been forwarded to AG’s Office Srinagar for authorisation of a family pension of Rs 37,500.

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