Sunday, May 1, 2011

J ank K Pension Arrear to be paid in installments depending upon age

A revised order by the state’s Finance Department regarding release of 6th Pay Commission arrears to the pensioners is likely to stir a controversy with the employees accusing state government of backtracking from its commitment made last year. The fresh order makes no mention regarding payment of arrears to the pensioners who fall in the age group of 59 to 70 years.
View the Govt. Order 
The order no. 123-F of 2011 issued by the Finance Department on April 25, 2011 mentions that the pensioners of the age of 90 years and above would get 50 percent of total arrears in one instalment while those between 80 and 90 years would get the arrears in two instalments. It goes on to add that the pensioners between 75 to 80 years of age would get the arrears in three instalments while the pensioners falling in the age group of 70 to 75 years would be entitled to arrears in four instalments.
What has drawn criticism from the pensioners and the employees’ unions is that the state government has allegedly failed to keep its word of giving effect to the order from the beginning of this financial year particularly in case of pensioners and more importantly the order is silent about the payment of arrears to the pensioners falling in the age group of 59 to 70 years.
“Government is treating the former employees as spent force. A pensioner will have to pray for a long life to avail the benefits of the 6th Pay Commission,” said chairman Employees Joint Action Committee, Khursheed Alam. “The government is depriving the pensioners of their due rights.”
Following the employees’ agitation last year, the state cabinet had approved release of 50 percent arrears on account of the implementation of 6th Pay Commission recommendations with effect from January 2006. The government had announced that the process of payment of arrears would begin in April 2011. It had formulated a roadmap for release of the 50 percent of the arrears while in case of another 50 percent arrears, the government had made it clear that the same would be released as and when the funds are made available by the government of India for the purpose.
In case of pensioners, they were grouped into different categories as per their age for release of arrears.
“For a pensioner whose age is 80 or above, the arrears would be released in three instalments. The instalments will four, five and six respectively for the pensioners belonging to the age group of 70 years to 80 years, 65 years to 70 years and 58 years to 65 years,” the government order issued on January 18, 2001 had said.
However the latest Finance Department order issued on April 25 makes no mention of the pensioners who fall in the age group of 59 to 70 years.
The pensioners complain that though the process for the release of the arrears was started earlier, it was stopped soon following a government order seeking clarification on the revised gratuity and commutation payment of pensioners. “It was done only to delay the payments of arrears to the pensioners,” they said.
Source : Greater Kashmir

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