THE government on Thursday decided to extend the existing special concessions and incentives for Central government and PSU employees working in Kashmir Valley for two more years, i.e. till January 1, 2019. The concessions also include options for employees to move their families to a selected place of their choice in the country at the expense of the government. And incentives include…government arrangements for stay, security and transportation to the place of work etc. Kashmir Valley does not however mean the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir. It includes districts of Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kupwara, Pulwama, Srinagar, Kulgam, Shopian, Ganderbal and Bandipora, many of which have currently been in turmoil for the last one month. Some parts of the Valley, particularly South Kashmir, have been affected more in the current wave of protests.
It’s expected that the extension of concessions and incentives will motivate the Central government employees and those working in the Central PSUs to move to the disturbed Valley.
A messing allowance is paid as an incentive to all the employees at the rate of Rs 85.96 per day. In addition, they get a per diem allowance on account of attendance to compensate for additional expenses for office commutation.
Last year, the concessions and incentives were extended only by one year till end of December, 2016. “The package of incentives is uniformly applicable to all Ministries/Departments and PSUs under the Government of India and they should ensure strict adherence to the rates prescribed in the package”, the office memorandum dated August 11, 2016 said.
And what if there are court verdicts in contrary to the package? The OM said as follows: “The concerned Ministry/Department may ensure implementation and monitoring of the package in conformity with the approved package, and therefore, all Court cases in which verdicts are given contrary to the package would have to be contested by the Ministries/Departments concerned”.