Friday, April 1, 2011

JK seeks funds for 6th PC arrears, Centre refuses.

Minister for Finance, A R Rather said the government has approached the Centre for funds to pay 6th Pay Commission arrears to its employees, adding that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during his visit to Srinagar has agreed to look into the issue.
 Replying to a question by M Y Tarigami in the Legislative Assembly here today, the Minister said the issue was also taken up with Union Finance Ministry to supplement the State’s requirement of Rs 4200 crore to meet the demand regarding payment of 6th Pay Commission of the State employees. He said the Union Ministry of Finance in its communication has indicated that Centre has received like requests from many other states. “It has been conveyed to the states that the decision to adopt the recommendations of 6th Pay Commission for state government employees falls entirely within their (states’) domain and it is not possible for the central government to provide financial assistance to the states on this account.”
 “This position has also been reflected in reply to various parliament questions and it would be difficult to take a decision for J&K only,” he said.
 The Finance Minister added that Union Ministry of Finance has communicated that it is not possible to accede to any state's request in this behalf.
 Rather said despite this position, the State Government have given roadmap for release of 50 per cent arrears.
 He said in light of this, despite an extremely difficult financial condition, finance department has already issued orders for releasing of 50 per cent arrears.
 Replying supplementaries,   he said the suggestion to send a delegation comprising all parties to Centre particularly Prime Minister is most welcome and necessary steps will be initiated soon, adding that  due to abnormal conditions in the valley last year, this step could not be initiated.
Source : Greater Kashmir and PTI

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