Opposition stages walkout from J-K assembly

Not satisfied with state government's assurance about the pay hike to its employees in accordance with the recommendations of sixth pay commission,the entire opposition staged a walkout in the legislative assembly.

Written by Ishfaq Naseem | Jammu | Published:March 3, 2009 2:47 pm

Not satisfied with the assurance of the State government about the measures it has taken to give the pay hike to its employees in accordance with the recommendations of sixth pay commission,the entire opposition on Tuesday staged a walkout in the legislative assembly.

The issue about the measures taken by the government to give the pay hike to employees came up in the assembly on Tuesday when the government in reply to the clubbed question of BJP MLA Jugal Kishore and PDP legislator Abdul Gaffar Sofi,said that it has already issued an order to implement the recommendations of the sixth pay commission.

However Opposition members said that there was no clear policy from the government about the clearance of the arrears of the state employees by giving them the retrospective effect in pay hike from January 2006.

Panthers party legislator,Harsh Dev Singh,said,that government was not serious about the implementation of the recommendations of sixth pay commission. As the Finance Minister said that his Ministry has no record of the promise in the political manifestos of the parties assuring the pay hike,Panthers party legislator said that the government which has forgotten its own manifesto cannot be serious to implement the recommendations of the sixth pay commission.

PDP legislator A R Veeri said that there was confusion among the employees about the release of arrears of the sixth pay commission by government in their favour. Members also sought that instead of releasing the arrears in five instalments they should be released in two.

However,not satisfied with the Finance Minister’s reply that there was a cabinet decision dated 19th February to make the revised pay structure in the state effective from 1 July this year,opposition members created noisy scenes in the legislative assembly disrupting its proceedings. Panther’s party legislators were the first to walkout and they were followed by the BJP and PDP MLAs.

Earlier the Finance Minister said that the government has reached an agreement with the representatives of employees and they were informed about the financial burden which the state would have to incur in the implementation of sixth pay commission recommendations.

He said that the employees were satisfied with the government assurance that they will draw a revised salary of the month of July this year in accordance with the recommendations of pay commission.

The state government also said that the team of State Finance Commission is visiting Jammu and Kashmir and with it,besides the requirement of funds under the 6th pay commission,the other financial matters will also be taken up.

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