Govt scraps ‘discriminatory’ rules, brings all employees on equal-footing in terms of salary
Approves extension of ex-gratia to kin of DDC members
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday scrapped the Probationer (Condition of Service, Pay and Allowances) and Fixation Rules, 2020, to bring all employees being appointed on equal-footing in terms of salary and other benefits.
The decision was taken by the Administrative Council, which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
The Administrative Council approved the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir Probationer (Condition of Service, Pay and Allowances) and Fixation Rules, 2020, notified vide S.O. 192 of 2020 (successor of S.O 202 of 2015); with effect from August 01, 2022, an official spokesman said.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the LG, J&K Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the LG, attended the meeting, he said.
The decision will bring all government employees being appointed in the Union territory on an equal footing with their earlier appointed counterparts who may be occupying the same/comparable posts in the cadre, the spokesman said.
A significant number of grievances from the newly appointed employees and in-service candidates who apply for higher posts but are not given pay protection, will also be alleviated, he said.
Earlier, the Establishment-cum-Selection Committee headed by the chief secretary had found these rules to be discriminatory in nature facing several impediments in their implementation, and had recommended their scrapping, the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday approved the extension of ex-gratia relief of Rs 25 lakh to family of all chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and members of District Development Councils (DDCs) in case of death in militancy-related incidents.
The decision was taken by the Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, an official spokesperson said.
Earlier, the government has provided similar relief for all elected BDC chairpersons, sarpanches, panches and all elected members of municipal bodies of Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision aims at strengthening the grass roots democracy by providing a sense of security to the elected members of local bodies facing threat from anti-state elements, the spokesperson said.
The ex-gratia relief will act as a guarantee for the subsistence of the family members of the elected representatives who are killed in militancy-related incidents, the official said.