Jammu: Finance Minister Altaf Bukhari on Tuesday briefed the media on the cabinet’s nod to recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission and the administrative reforms that the cabinet has approved.
Bukhari informed that government employees will now have to work a minimum of 40 hours a week and their salary will be drawn through their Aadhaar-linked bank account.
The cabinet also granted approval to a new private power trading company which will deal with purchase of electricity, the finance minister said.
“As a major reform in power purchase, there will be a corporate power trading company set up that will deal with the purchase of power. The Rs 6000-crore power we purchase will now be bought on competitive rates and professional lines,” Bukhari said.
He said that the state sports council, which is engaged in promoting sports activities, would now have financial autonomy.
He also announced an increase in duty allowance for home guards from Rs 90 to Rs 225 per day.
Bukhari said the cabinet has approved transfer of 1000 kanals of land to the Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora, 2500 kanals of land for its south campus in Poonch, and land for Government Engineering College Safapora.
The cabinet also granted approval to creation of post of registrar computers and joint registrar computers in the High Court. Approval has also been granted for re-engagement of constable operators as wireless assistants who were disengaged earlier due to wrong advertisement, Bukhari said.
He added that a pay anomaly panel would be established to look into cases and it will especially look into problems of clerical cadre and other employees as well.