The Jammu and Kashmir Government has approved the payment of arrears to its employees on account of implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. The Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah last evening, approved the roadmap for settlement of the arrears, an official spokesman said. According to the decision, the state government will mobilise its own resources to pay 50 per cent of the arrears while the Centre will be pursued to fund the balance amount, the spokesman said. The arrears will be paid in varying number of installments and through the General Provident Fund for different categories of employees and which will have different lock-in periods, he said. Class IV employees shall be paid in four equal annual installments of 25 per cent each starting from 2011-12, with a lock-in period of three years for each installment. Class-III employees shall be paid in five equal annual installments of 20 per cent each starting from 2011-12 with a lock-in period of four years for each installment. Class-II and Class-I employees shall be paid in six annual installments starting from 2011-12. The first five installments shall be of 15 per cent each whereas the last installment shall consist of the balance 25 per cent, with a lock-in period of five years for each installment. Pensioners shall be paid their dues in cash in three to six annual installments beginning from 2011-12, in relation to their categorization in different age-groups, the spokesman said. The payment of arrears was one of the major demands of the nearly five lake state government employees, who had gone on strike several times over the past two years.
Source : IBN LIVE