Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government and
the state Employees unions have reached an agreement wherein all arrears on account of sixth pay commission will be paid to
employees in five equal annual installments through provident
fund without any lock-in period.
It was decided that the employees will be paid 20 per
cent arrears every year over a five-year-period with no
lock-in period, an official spokesman said. The agreement was
thrashed out last night.
The installments will be deposited in the General
Provident Fund (GPF) accounts of the employees, the spokesman
The earlier roadmap prepared by the government, but
rejected by the employees, had put a three year lock-in period for withdrawing the arrears. Government employees in the state had been protesting the delay in payment of arrears.
Addressing the employees after the agreement, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said before coming to power he had
promised employees that their genuine demands will be met.
He said his aim of building a prosperous Jammu and
Kashmir led him to accept their demands though under the
present strict financial conditions taking such a step was
"At no point had the Government any intention of confrontation with the employees whom he described as limbs of the Government,? Omar said.
Congratulating the team of officers and leaders of employees unions who were part of the negotiations, the Chief
Minister asked the employees to work with dedication and for
the welfare of people of the State.
The agreement comes ahead of a three-day strike called by
the employees` unions to coincide with the summer session of
the state assembly beginning September 26.