Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday appealed to the employees of the state government to defer their demand for implementing the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations by at least two years in view of the state’s “very bad financial position”.
“I want to request our unions, our employees that the economic condition of our state is very bad,” she said, adding the state government was facing numerous liabilities.
“Around Rs 20,000 crore is missing from our provident fund. We cannot find it and while we were looking to fill the gaps, the Seventh Pay Commission awards have been announced,” she said.
“I request our employees that it is your state and you run it,” the chief minister said, adding that the government was thinking about how to make 61,000 casual labourers permanent.
If we have to give them employment, then I request the employees to defer their demand for implementing the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for at least two years, she said speaking at the conclusion of the over month-long Budget Session in the Legislative Council.
Mehbooba asked the employees for some time for the government to “sort out the financial mismanagement”.
“Let us first fight our problems and the financial mismanagement that has taken place. Till we are able to stand up on our legs, I request the leaders of our employees to give us some time. We have done it (implementing pay commission recommendations) in the past and we will do it,” she said.
Chief Minister said the government was working towards addressing issues concerning the youth, particularly that of unemployment.
“I understand the aspirations of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. I have a vision for them and I want to assure them that my government, together with the Government of India, is working to address their issues, particularly that of unemployment, to the best of our collective abilities,” she said, adding that this was “not a personal commitment but a pledge”.
The chief minister, apparently referring to the alleged suicide bid by an IAS officer, also asked officials, legislators and ministers to separate their personal life from public life.
“Be it a legislator, minister or any officer, he should separate his personal life from his public life,” she said, adding that this will not be tolerated in the future as it makes the whole system look bad.
“I am not pointing towards an officer. I am talking generally because we get many complaints about legislators. I do not want to take names but this has happened and is wrong,” said Mehbooba.
“We should control our actions and should not do anything due to which our respect among the people is lowered,” she added.