Stressing on the need for immediate release of pending instalment of 10% DA due since July, president of the National Mazdoor Conference (NMC), Subhash Shastri on Sunday appealed to chief minister Omar Abdullah to announce the same instalment of DA to employees and pensioners in the next cabinet meeting so that salaried class and pensioners get relief in view of increasing prices of essential commodities.
Addressing a meeting of NMC workers here, Shastri stated that in view of the inbuilt provisions in the annual budget, there should not be any hitch for the state government, more so when others states have already released the 10% DA instalment since long. An early decision in this regard would be genuine measure to provide some relief to them, he added.
Recalling recommendations of the central 4th pay commission, which was implemented in January 1986 by the then government, Shastri said it also had recommendations that as soon as DA crosses more than 50%, the Centre is under an obligation to merge 50% DA into basic pay or pension.
He said now as the DA has already touched 90%, they request for early merger of 50% DA into basic pay/pension with retrospective effect.
Grant of 20% interim relief in favour of both Centre and state government employees and pensioners, release of salary of motivators working in IWDP, Phase 2, besides their immediate regularisation, enhancement in the wages of daily wagers to Rs 10,000 per month, amendment in SRO 64, issuance of regularisation orders of 180 daily wagers working in RDD, increase in medical allowance to Rs 1,000 per month and release of third instalment of 6th pay commission arrears were other demand highlighted in the meeting.