Employees in the state are angry with the PDP-BJP government for not implementing the 7th Pay Commission and they are mulling protests after Eid if government does not reconsider its decision.
The employees questioned that if the government claims financial crunch facing the state, then why the legislators’ salaries were doubled. “If state is facing financial crunch, then what was the need to double legislators’ salary and purchase new vehicles for them,” Employees Joint Action Committee President, Abdul Qayoom Wani said.
Wani, who represents several employees unions in the state, said that regularization of 61,000 daily wagers is a human issue which “should not be clubbed” with 7th Pay Commission. “Pay Commission is announced all economic and financial factors are considered by the government. Government is run by employees. So how can the government deny them their rights when employees deserve them and sacrifice their lives for government functioning,” Wani said.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday had said in the Legislative Council that the state cannot implement at least for two years the7th Pay Commission given financial health of the state. “We have many issues on the fiscal front in the form of liabilities including around Rs 20000 crore missing General Provident Fund (GPF) money. Government is also working out a mechanism for the regularization of around 61000 casual employees which will also cost a fortune to the State,” she said.
However, the employees union appealed to the chief minister to reconsider her decision. “We are facing innumerable issues. Inflation has hit the markets,” Wani said. “We will call a joint meeting after Eid-ul-Fittre to decide map out a strategy how to get out rights. If 7th Pay Commission is not implemented in the state in toto, all the employees will take to roads to fight for their right,” he said.