The Employees Joint Action Committee or the EJAC of the state of Jammu and Kashmir has urged the Chief Minister of the state Mehbooba Mufti to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission in the state. The committee has stated that this is an important step to alleviate the suffering of the state government employees and pensioners who have been reeling under the after-effects of demonetisation and inflation. Earlier, on the 31st of December, the employees’ body had sought removal of pay anomaliesbetween employees of the state government.
The BJP-PDP government in the state is headed by Mehbooba Mufti, who had assumed the Chief Ministership after the former CM and her father Mufti Mohammad Syed passed away last year. The EJAC has sought the intervention of the CM and has asked her to instruct the cabinet and the government to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The resolution and the subsequent appeal was passed after a meeting of the EJAC (K) was heldunder the leadership of Mushtaq Ahmed Khan according to this report. The resolution was unanimous in declaring that the recommendations had to be immediately implemented as the working class had ben very badly hit post demonetisation and inflation. Another demand was that the government should ensure that provisions were made in the coming state budget to ensure that the EJAC’s appeals were maintained.
Besides these demands, the oft-repeated demand of regularisation of pay of daily wagers, all casual workers, temporary workers and need-based workers has been repeated. The EJAC demanded that pending wages of al these employees as well as other cadres be released and that the government should ensure that the medical allowances of all employees and pensioners be increased.Dharminder Singh, Ravi Singh Bhau and Dev Anand Gill, all senior trade unionists, also spoke at the meeting. Last month, the J&K Minister for Finance, Labour & Employment and Culture, Dr Haseeb Ahmed Drabu had held pre-Budget talks with J&K State Advisory Board for Development to address these same concerns. The EJAC will look to chalk out their future strategy in the future to ensure that the 7th Pay Commission recommendations are implemented.