Srinagar: A strike by clerical cadre employees of the state, seeking resolution of “pay anomaly” has entered 17th day, with the employees resolving to continue their protest.
The employees, serving different departments rue that the people will lesser qualification employed by the state on other posts are receiving better salaries than them.
“Those with 10+2 qualification are getting more salary than graduates,” a group of protesting employees said.
Owais Ahmad, one of the employees, explained, “I was appointed as Junior Assistant in Power Development Department in 3050-3950 (PR) grade on the basis of graduation as qualification, while as my friend appointed as Patwari in Revenue Department is getting higher pay then me i.e 4000-6000 grade with only 10+2 qualification.”
“Similarly another school mate with 10+2 qualification has been appointed as teacher in the Education Department and is also getting higher grade then me i.e 4000-6000 grade. This is sheer injustice, I think in our state there is more value to 10+2 than graduation. We request the government to remove this pay disparity immediately.”
Mohammad Sultan, president of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh All Department Clerical Staff Association said that previous committees formed by the government have not only highlighted the pay anomaly but also recommended resolution.
“The pay anomaly committees were constituted vide Govt. 1403-GAD dated 07.1.2007 and No. 67-GAD Dated 16.01.2012 who had already submitted recommendations to the Govt. 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 upgrading pay scale and in that time Government was in our favor and agreed to resolve this issue,” Sultan said.
During the budget speech this year, the government said that a pay committee has been constituted to recommend the revised pay structure for the employees, and also “it shall also side by side examine the various anomalies in different departments and try to address them during the course of implementation of 7th Pay Commission”.
The Finance minister also said that the pay anomaly would be addressed.
Recently, government constituted a committee (vide order no 730-GAD dated 27-4-018) to examine the pay anomaly particularly of clerical cadre, However, the association has condemned the constitution of another committee.
“Government want to play politics with us. What is the fun of the new committee when already two committee have recommended for removal of pay disparity of clerical cadre. These are the delaying tactics of government ,” the employees said.
The ongoing strike has affected the functioning of government offices across the state. The employee said the pay disparity has remained unresolved since 1992.
The junior, senior and head assistants of the ministerial cadre comprising 20,301 employees are on strike since April 16, and said they would continue their protest if their demands were not met.