If the Jammu and Kashmir government strictly implements the ‘no work, no pay’ policy against the 45,000 employees who went on a strike from April 3, it can add a Rs 225 crore to the state's coffers.
The employees, who were demanding payment of arrears following a hike in salaries on the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, called off their strike last week.
Unless the government issues a new notification in this regard, the salaries, which amounts to a daily bill of Rs 25 crore, are likely to be withheld.
“By virtue of the notification issued, salary for the striking period will be deducted,” said GAD Commissioner Secretary Basharat Ahmed Dhar.
The government had invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act, which meant ‘no work, no pay’, on April 6.
But, in the past, the government has issued salaries despite invoking the Act.
The state could have saved Rs 16 crore in October when 4,000 junior doctors went on a 20-day strike.
However, it agreed to treat the striking period as special leave and issue their salaries.