SRINAGAR: Calling off their proposed strike from tomorrow, the leaders of Employee unions expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for intervening in removing the stalemate between the Government and the employees.
Under the directions of the Chief Minister the top brass of the administration led by Political Adviser to the Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana, met the employees Union here and finalized the road map for addressing the issues raised by the employees amicably and in a time bound manner.
In a joint meeting which was also attended by the Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary, Finance, Principal Secretary, Home, Principal Secretary, PDD and Secretary, GAD and employees association members represented by Rouf Ahmad, President Secretariat, Non-Gazetted Employees Union, Khursheed Alam, President JK EJAC, Abdul Qayoom Wani, President EJAC(Q), Mohammad Gafoor Dar, President,JKEJAC,(3rd Front ) Jammu ,the agreement reached between the leaders of employees union on 15th September, 2011, was reviewed and after detailed deliberations the following decision were mutually agreed upon.
On the issue of increase in the retirement age from 58 years to 60 years, it was indicated that the issue requires wider consultations and the Government also proposes further discussions on the issue with various stake holders before taking any final decision in the matter. It was, accordingly, agreed that a decision shall be taken in the matter by 30th September, 2012.
Regarding regularisation of Casual /Temporary Labourers engaged, it was informed that owing to the existence of various categories of casual / temporary labourers, the issue requires to be verified and authenticated before it is submitted to the Cabinet Sub Committee for a policy decision. It was accordingly decided that the departments will be put to notice to provide the complete data which will be verified and authenticated within a period of three months, where-after the same shall be submitted to the Cabinet Sub-Committee for a policy decision. The regularisation of the leftover pre-1994 daily wagers has already been fast-tracked.
Regarding redressal of anomalies, it was informed that as per the agreement, the Pay Anomaly Committee has been revived and it shall submit its report about the Clerical cadre and the pre-revised scale of Rs. 6500-10500 in the near future for an appropriate decision by the Government by 30th September, 2012.
On the issues relating to employees of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), it was decided that appropriate instructions will be issued to all PSUs for their Board of Directors to look into the demands of their employees including that of the arrears on account of the 6th Pay Commission, keeping in view their respective resource position.