Srinagar: The serious scarcity of funds in Jammu and Kashmir is looming large with the amount of around 700 crore rupees pending with the government that was ought to be released in the past.
Also for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, the Dearness Allowance (DA) of the state employees is yet to be released since January 2014. Also the July installment of the DA is pending. It is the total of 17 percent of the Dearness allowance which the government is yet to release for more than 4.5 lakh employees of the state.
Employees earlier had pinned hopes on the previous regime for the resolution of the pending issues but no concrete decision was made by the state authorities till the MCC was imposed in the state ahead of the state elections.
Expressing resentment over the delay in DA disbursement that was due since January, the state employees maintained that the delay exhibited by the government shows that it uses employees for its own political gains and there is no genuine care being shown by the authorities. They enhanced the retirement age just to meet their political ends after their rout in elections but now they have again kept our just rights in limbo sans any reason, said a state employee.
Several other employees said the DA is deliberately being kept in delay and the government has no right to deny what is due for the people.
Also there were people who smelled rat, stating that the economic recession in the state has just started with the treasuries turning dry. There is not even the single penny in the state exchequer. There are bills worth crores in limbo. How could the state sustain is a million dollar question, said Mohammad Khurshid, a business man.
Vice chairman of the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Farooq Ahmad Dar said more than 700 crore rupees bills are pending with the government with no serious effort being made to release the due amounts. The state is in a total chaos and there seems no hope. There are serious scarcity of funds that is being felt at present on ground, he told KNS.
Scores of state employees while expressing their dissatisfaction over their DA said it was due in their favor since January 2014, and when the employees working in various centrally governed departments are about to get their 50 percent merger of DA with their basic pay, the state employees of Jammu and Kashmir are crying for the demands that is for long overdue. They stated that the disbursement of DA is in the budget provision and that the state government needs no extra amounts for the disbursement of the same.
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