J & K chief minister Temporary Move Allowance and wages of daily-rated

The state cabinet, which is expected to meet here Monday evening with the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, in chair, is expected to deliberate on some major proposals announced by the finance minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, during his budget speech on August 10.Well placed sources told Greater Kashmir that the regularization of the ad-hoc and contractual appointees, increase in the Dearness Allowance, Temporary Move Allowance and wages of daily-rated laborers, were among the issues on the agenda for consideration by the cabinet.

“The discussions will largely revolve round the announcements made by the finance minister in his budget speech and the meeting is expected to take some decisions in this regard,” they said.In his budget speech, Rather had proposed the regularization of ad-hoc and consolidated appointees who had completed seven years of service.

“The cabinet will discuss all the nitty-gritty involved in the implementation of the decisions. It is also likely to discuss the regularization of the contractual appointees following demands by the members of the House for the same,” sources said.
The increase in the Dearness Allowances by six per cent from January this year and Rs 100 hike in the Temporary Move Allowance proposed by the finance minister would be ‘thoroughly’ discussed by the cabinet besides an increase in the wages of the daily wagers, sources said.

Sources said the implementation of the 6th pay panel report recommendations to the resident doctors of the SK Institute of Medical Science, Soura, here was on the agenda of the meeting.The doctors had gone on an indefinite strike earlier this month demanding that the recommendations of the 6th pay commission should be implemented in their case as well. However, they had later called off the strike following assurance by the government that a decision would be taken in a month or so on the issue.
The amendment in the Immoveable Property Act would also be on the agenda, sources said.

The cabinet may also consider, and accept, the fresh recommendations made by its sub committee in the aftermath of its recent meeting with the Joint Consultative Committee of the employees associations, regarding the implement of the 6th pay commission and several other issues. There are 350574 government employees in Jammu and Kashmir and the highest number of employees are in the police department having a total staff strength of 78100 excluding the Special Police Officers.

According to a supplementary document on Establishment and scales of pay, released by the government along with the budget 2009-10, there are 78100 posts presently in the Police Department. Interestingly, the Education Department employs less number of people than the Home Department. It has total strength of 77,617 employees who include both teaching and non-teaching staff. The meeting, which would start at 6 pm, is understood to announce some minor reshuffle in civil administration as well.

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