7th pay commission: Over 5 lakh government employees, pensioners of this state will get benefit

Mar 01, 2019, 21:12 PM IST
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7th pay commission: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday surprised its employees by increasing by 3 per cent dearness allowance (DA) with retrospective effect from January 1, 2019. The DA hike, which is done as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, decision was taken at the State Administrative Council (SAC) meeting in Jammu under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik, said an official spokesperson.

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The decision will reportedly benefit about 4.50 lakh state government employees and 1.60 lakh pensioners, and the state government employees would now get 12 per cent DA on their basic pay with effect from January 1. Image source: PTI

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The J&K government's decision would put a financial pressure of Rs 600 crore on the state exchequer for the financial year 2019-20, the spokesperson said, adding that the arrears accumulated on account of DA hike would be paid to employees as well as pensioners of all categories in cash after April 1. Image source: Reuters

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Earlier, the state government had approved the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in April 2018, thereby becoming the first state in the country to do so. Image source: PTI

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The then Finance Minister Mohammad Altaf Bukhari in the Mehbooba Mufti government had stated that it was a major commitment of the government, adding that employees would have about 20 per cent average hike in their salary. Image source: Reuters

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However, the state cabinet had left the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations in respect to PSU employees and autonomous organisations on the availability of resources with the respective organisations. Image source: PTI

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