Court seeks govt response to committee recommendations
Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday asked the state government to file response to the recommendations made by High Court Committee regarding the pay anomaly of court employees.
The Special division bench comprising Justice Janak Raj Kotwal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar while hearing case of Shareef-u-din Vs state and others, granted four weeks time to state counsel, M I Qadri to file the response before the court.
The petition was filed by 65 orderlies and jamadars of High Court through their counsel, Z A Qureshi seeking uniformity of pay scales with the employees of High Court of other states.
In compliance with the court orders in June 2017, a committee was constituted for recruitment and promotion of High Court staff. IN November 2017, the committee comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Justice Tashi Rabstan and Justice MK Hanjura recommended that the government shall bring the pay scale of the employees of the High Court at par with the High Court of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. The recommendations were also approved by the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir.
A formal letter dated 28-12-2017, has also been issued by the court to the department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to take steps to bring uniformity in the pay scale of employees of all high courts throughout the country.
The orderlies and Jamadars had also made representation to the Chief Justice.
They have said, “That they work for more working hours than their counterparts in lower court but are still subjected to discrimination in terms of pay.”
The representation said, “The employees of the lower court are placed in the grade of 3200-4900. On the other hand, we are being placed in the grade of 2610-3450, the petitioners are drawing their salary of 2610-3540 and 2550-3200 respectively.”