SRINAGAR: Scores of clerks working in various departments of state administration on Thursday staged a protest demonstration under the banner of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh All Departments Clerkal Staff Association against the alleged negligence of the government towards their cadre. The main demand of the employees was the removal of pay disparity.
Vice President of the Association, Jeelani Naik said that the employees were on pen down strike for two days before coming on to streets against the pay anomaly.
“The clerk cadre is the back-bone of the state administration. They run the administration and remain at the forefront of every work but unfortunately their role is always ignored,” Naik said. “Our genuine issue is the removal of pay disparity with the clerk cadre, unresolved since 1992.”
Members of the association said that two pay anomaly committees were constituted vide Government Order No.1403-GAD dated 07-12-2007 and No.67-GAD dated 16/01/2012, who had already submitted recommendation to the Government. Both the committees highlighted the issue of pay disparity of the clerical cadre and the Pay Anomaly Committee of 2007 submitted its report that the issue of pay disparity with the clerical cadre shall be removed by way of up-gradation of the pay scales.
Yasir Ahmed, the representative of the Association said the finance minister Haseeb Drabu announced that clerical pay anomaly will be resolved and orders would be issued up to January 9, 2017. “He (Drabu) raised the issue in budget speech that the government is going to resolve the Pay Anomalies but till then nothing has been done for our betterment.”