SRINAGAR: The government on Thursday nominated administrative secretary, home department, as the new chairman of the pay committee. He replaces the administrative secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring department.
The outgoing chairman shall continue to be a member of the committee. The other members of the panel include administrative secretaries of finance, law & justice departments, public works department (PWD) and general administration department (GAD).
The government had set up the seven-member panel in April this year to examine the revision of pay scales of employees and pensioners and set out a plan for the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in Jammu and Kashmir. Director codes, finance department, is the member-secretary of the panel.
Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, who presented the budget in the Assembly on 11 January 2017, had said that the state government would implement the 7th Pay Commission recommendations from 1 April, 2018.
The pay committee shall examine the import of recommendations of 7th CPC vis-a-vis the existing pay bands and desirability of changing them suitably. It shall review the structure of medical allowance, compensatory allowance, house rent allowance, temporary move allowance and other allowances.
The committee shall suggest an overall package keeping in view any other point which may be having direct bearing on the issue of restructuring the pay bands. It shall also examine the principles which should govern the structure of pension, death-cum-retirement gratuity, family pension and other terminal and recurring benefits having financial implications to the state government employees falling under old pension scheme appointed before 1 January 2016.
The committee shall examine the desirability and need to sanction an interim relief till the time its recommendations are made, and accepted by the government. The Pay commission will benefit over 4.5 lakh employees besides pensioners in the state.