Pay arrears to employees: Karra to J&K Govt

Urging upon the state government to address the ‘genuine’ demands of state and other PSUs, former Finance Minister and PDP leader, Tariq Hameed Kara Sunday said the agreement reached upon earlier between the parties should be implemented in letter and spirit without any further delay.

He said the government had entered into an agreement with the representatives of the government employees on payment of their arrears, removing pay anomalies etc, which is yet to be implemented.

Kara said, “When on one hand, the government claims to have earned the largest ever plan size of sixty six thousand crore, it cannot and should not put the just and genuine demands of the employees on back burner which is likely to hamper the growth and developmental activities in the state.”

The government, Kara said, owes an explanation whether it has projected the demands of the employees before the Planning Commission in its recent meeting. “On one hand government says that it can’t resolve the issue unless central government steps in to bail out the state from its financial implications and rightly so but how can it forget projecting these demands before the central government” Kara said adding further that the government itself claimed that whatever projected before the planning commission, it earned that, then should it be deemed that it (government) simply forgot its employees. “if it is so, then it is criminal negligence on part of the state government” added Kara.

He said the state government must address the genuine demands of the employees to remove the discontent among the employees.

"Government should address the issues concerning the employees in a spirit of understanding and accommodation to avoid repetition of confrontation” Kara said adding further that it (government) cannot hope to serve the people if its entire administrative machinery is dissatisfied.

Terming the employees as the vehicles of change of the government, Kara said dissatisfied and dejected employees cannot ensure work culture and hassle free service to the people of the state.

Kara asked the Chief Minister to take personal interest in solving the demands of State employees so that confrontation between Government and employees could be avoided.

SC refuses to stay Delhi HC order on OBC quota

The Supreme Court today refused to stay a Delhi High Court order directing that OBC students for admission in Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University shall be entitled to a rebate of 10 per cent marks as compared to minimum cut-off percentage for general category candidates. 

A vacation bench comprising Justices P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik, however, directed the matter to be listed for further hearing before an appropriate bench for July 4 when the apex court reopens after summer vacation. 

The petitioner has contended that there is some confusion regarding the rebate to be given to OBC students for admission in JNU and DU. 

According to the petitioner, OBC students are entitled to a concession of 10 per cent marks as compared to minimum eligibility marks prescribed for general category candidates for admissions in various courses. 

They further argued that the two universities are misinterpreting the Constitution bench judgement of the apex court and are giving 10 per cent concession to OBC students against the minimum cut-off percentage for general category candidates as a result of which large number of OBC candidates are being denied admissions despite the fact that the seats reserved for OBC candidates are still lying vacant. UNI

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