The employees of the Chandigarh Administration had to face disappointment as they did not get the promised part-salary amounting to Rs 10,000 in cash. Reason: The administration was late in sending a request to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for issuing directions to bank for dispensing cash to the employees. According to sources, officials took time in initiating the process and they had to submit the request to RBI by November 23, which they failed to do. The scheme was for Group C and D employees working in different departments of the administration. According to official records, the administration has around 21,000 employees on its rolls, of whom around 16,000 belong to Group C and Group D.
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The employees had to give their option for cash payout and the payment thereof was to be disbursed in cash accordingly. When contacted, UT finance and planning officer Jasbir Singh said it took time in getting required clearances from the competent authorities. Not only that, the employees also did not submit the forms in time. As a result, the request could not be sent to RBI in time. “By the time we approached RBI, salary bill for November was already generated,” he said.
Employees’ unions alleged that the proforma was not circulated among all the employees. Balwinder Singh, president of Chandigarh Engineering Employees Union, said that the consent form was not distributed to the employees. “The form was circulated to very limited number of employees. In secretariat only, around 60 employees filled out the form,” he said. Criticising the administration, Rakesh Kumar, convenor of Co-ordination Committee of Government and MC Employees, said the announcement of the administration to provide cash to its employees was just eyewash. “The employees had to waste a lot of time in withdrawing cash,” he added.
Due to cash crunch, employees of many departments did not get their salary, which is usually disbursed on the last working day of the month. Gopal Dutt Joshi, general secretary of the UT Powermen Union, said that a large number of employees of different departments had not received their salary. The power union had also requested the finance department for releasing dearness allowance (DA) in cash.