Jammu, Apr 24: In a major decision, the state cabinet that met here Tuesday under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti approved implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations for state government employees and pensioners with effect from January 2016.
The decision would benefit around five lakh employees and pensioners in the state. The financial implications for the implementations of 7th pay commission recommendations would be Rs 4201 crore annually while financial implications on account of one-time arrears would be Rs 7477 crores.
The State government employees can now draw the salary for the month of April 2018 as per the revised scales.
According to the decision, for the purpose of implementation of 7th Pay Commission Recommendations, basic pay as on 31.12.2015 of employees shall be multiplied by uniform factor of 2.57 and then adjusted in the matrix recommended by the Pay Committee.
The benefit of House Rent Allowance on revised pay shall be available from April, 2018 and all allowances except Dearness Allowance (DA) shall continue as before while DA from January, 2016 onwards shall be paid on revised pay on new rates to be notified by Finance Department.
According to the decision, Gratuity shall be enhanced from the existing ceiling of Rs. 10.00 lakh to Rs. 20.00 lakh with effect from 01.01.2016, with increase in the ceiling on gratuity by 25 percent whenever DA rises by 50 percent as recommended by 7th CPC/ as per Central Government pattern.
The pensioners shall be given option to choose revision of pension by any of the two formulations suggested by the Pay Committee.
Arrears of pensioners shall be paid in cash in three six monthly instalments while arrears of all employees shall be drawn and credited to their G.P Fund accounts with moratorium of 3 years for withdrawal of same. However, there will be no moratorium for withdrawal in case of employees retiring upto 31.03.2021.
The implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations for PSUs and autonomous organizations will depend on the availability of resources with the respective organizations.
Regarding pay anomalies, the cabinet decided that the existing Pay Committee shall look into and address the issue of anomalies starting with the issue of anomalies of the Clerical Cadre.
The cabinet also approved a slew of administrative reforms to streamline the functioning at various levels in the government. These measures include increasing working days and working hours for government business, putting in place system of automatic abolition of posts which are not filled for 3 years, establishment audit of all offices needs to be expedited to work out norms for optimal sanctioned strength of employees in all offices/ Departments across the State, making of illegal appointments of whatsoever nature (whether regular, adhoc or casual) by any officer be treated as major offence, Visitor Management System, particularly in Civil Secretariat to be streamlined, Drawl of pay by Drawing and Disbursing Officers in all offices to be linked to Biometric Attendance and objective assessment of skills & competencies required to be made.
Other cabinet decisions
Setting up of JK Renewable Energy Corporation approved
The state cabinet approved setting up of Jammu and Kashmir Renewable Energy Corporation.
According to the decision, the corporation will be a private limited company wholly owned by the state government with the authorized share capital of Rs 1 crore fully paid up and subscribed by the state government.
The cabinet authorized the administrative secretary Science and Technology department to take necessary steps for creation and setting up of the Renewable Energy Corporation.
Cabinet approves enhancement of duty allowance of Volunteer Home Guards
The state cabinet approved the enhancement of duty allowance of volunteer home guards from Rs 90 to Rs 300 per day. The proposed enhancement will benefit 4300 Home Guard.
According to the decision, the Volunteer Home Guards will be entitled to Rs 300 per day instead of Rs.90/- which will cover both the training period of two months and three months call up duty in a year.
The enhancement in remuneration/honorarium will be borne by the State Government and above the central share.
Cabinet approves academic arrangement of 2154 posts of teachers
The state approved to make academic arrangement 2018-19 for 2154 posts of teachers referred to the Service Selection Board.
The cabinet observed that pending selection against the referred posts, the school education department would make academic arrangement for the session 2018-19 in respect of all the vacancies for all districts except Jammu and Srinagar where there is saturation of staff.
The move is to address the deficiency of teachers in Zone-III far flung areas and the concerns raised by the Legislators during the Budget Session 2018 about the shortage of teachers in schools particularly in far flung areas.
The cabinet observed that the school education department require putting in place a fool proof mechanism in place to ensure that academic arrangement against these posts of teachers is made in a most transparent manner.
Engagement of 2200 Lecturers, 400 Teachers on academic arrangement basis approved
The state cabinet approved temporary engagement of 2200 Lecturers and 400 Teachers under up-gradation programme on academic arrangement basis for the academic Session 2018-19.
The arrangement will be made at an enhanced honorarium of Rs.14000/- per month and at the rate of Rs.10500/- for third/hard zone and Plain areas in respect of Lecturers for ten months in Higher Secondary Schools and Rs.7500/- per month and Rs.4500/- per month for 3rd/ Hard Zone and Plain Areas respectively in respect of Teachers for 10 months in upgraded High Schools. The academic arrangement will subsist till regular selections are made.
Cabinet approves enhancement of perks of Chairman, Executive Councillors, Councillors of LAHDC
The state cabinet approved enhancement of salaries and allowances of Chairman, Executive Councillors and Councillors of Ladakh Hill Development Council (LAHDC).
Cabinet approves promotion of Officers of Accounts (Gazetted) Service
The state cabinet approved Promotion of Seven Officers of Accounts (Gazetted) Service to the Super Time Scale.
The Officers promoted to the Super time scale includes, Laila Chanda, Director Finance (holding the Additional charge of Director General, Budget), Tehseena Mufti, Director Finance, Cooperative Department, Kuldeep Kumar Gupta, Director Finance, Mohammad Yousuf Pandith, Director Finance, Neelam Gupta, Director Finance, ARI & Trainings Department, Kulbir Kour Gujral, Director Finance(Principal), Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, Director Finance.
The cabinet also approved promotion of Mohammad Rafi Andrabi, Director Codes against the vacancy occurring on the superannuation of Laila Chanda on 31.05.2018.
Meanwhile cabinet also approved the promotion of Manzoor Ahmad Wani, Joint Director, J&K Funds Organization, Kashmir and Mohammad Ayoub Nasir, FA& CAO, JK Industries to the Special Scale.
The cabinet also approved promotion of Manohar Lal, Treasury Officer, Additional Treasury, New Plot, Jammu and Tariq Ahmad Wani, Deputy Director, Audit & Inspections, Kashmir to the Selection Grade from 05.03.2018.
Transfer of land for developmental projects approved
The state cabinet approved transfer of state land measuring 1255 Kanals and 10 Marlas situated at village Sanai of Tehsil Surankote and village Kalaban of Tehsil Mendhar, District Poonch to the Higher Education Department for establishing Surankote campus of the university of Jammu.
The Cabinet also approved transfer of state land measuring 68 kanals situated in village Safapora, Tehsil Lar, district Ganderbal to the higher education department for establishment of Govt College of Engineering and Technology in district Ganderbal.
The cabinet also approved transfer of state land measuring 92 kanals, situated at Aloochi Bagh Srinagar (under the possession of Sericulture department) to the Estates Department for construction of residential flats for VVIPs, legislators and government employees.
Meanwhile the cabinet also approved the transfer f state land measuring 1000 kanals to the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipura situated in Village and Tehsil Awantipura of district Pulwama for establishing Bio-Diverse Botanical Reserve, Solar Power Plant and expansion of the existing infrastructure of the university.
The cabinet also approved use of approx 47.1523 ha Forest Land for Non-Forestry Purposes.
Out of 24 proposals approved, 15 pertain to construction of road projects by PMGSY while two pertain to construction of 10000 gln & 50,000 gln service reservoir at Ban & Khanpur Nagrota respectively in Jammu Forest Division by PHE and one pertains to construction of 220 KV Multi Circuit Kishanganga to Amargarh Transmission Line.
Cabinet approves transfer of irrigation land for widening of Jammu-Akhnoor Road
The state cabinet approved transfer of irrigation land for widening and four laning of Jammu-Akhnoor Road.
1310 Kanals of land belonging to 19 villages falling under the alignment of the Jammu-Akhnoor road belonging to the Irrigation Department have been transferred for widening/ four lanning purpose.
Cabinet approves taking-over of Abhinandan Home Solina, Rambagh
The state cabinet approved the taking over of Abhinandan Home at Solina, Rambagh, Srinagar.
According to the decision, Social welfare department will take over the administration, management and governance of Abhinandan Home along with land and construction therein and entrusting its administration and management to Director, Social Welfare, Kashmir.
Earlier on the recommendations of the Chief Minister, Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment agreed in principle for opening of co-educational Residential School for visually impaired children in Srinagar with intake capacity of 200 children/hostel facility.
Financial autonomy for JK State Sports Council approved
In a major decision, the state cabinet approved grant of financial autonomy to the J&K State Sports Council.
According to the decision, grant of annual grants by the Financial Department and Planning Development and Monitoring Department towards Revenue and Capital expenditure to the J&K State Sports Council will be as Grant-in-Aid with an annual hike upto 10 percent.
The sports council will continue to be provided funds under Centrally Sponsored schemes, PMDP funds as the case may be. The Sports Council will be free to raise its own internal resources and it will constitute a finance committee/ standing council with the approval of President J&K State Sports Council for approval of expenditure plan and expenditure monitoring. The council will put in place a robust accountability mechanism to ensure judicious utilization of resources.