|Early Times Report|
Jammu, May 19: Even as the state budget was presented in January this year and many announcements were made that time, situation on ground contradicts the government claims.
For example, thousands of the employees working for various schemes funded by the Centre are without salaries for the past six months.
The crises on ground have put a serious question mark on the government announcements and the content of the budget that was presented in the lower house of the state legislature by Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on January 11.
During the presentation of the budget, Drabu claimed that the decision will have massive impact on employee management. He added that this budget has delinked salary of a section of the employees - working for various schemes funded by central government, from the release of funds.
"Mostly teachers work under SSA and RMSA," Drabu said, "the government will be releasing their salaries even if the funds are still parked with the central pool."
However, as more than four months have passed, the situation on ground for the government workers continues to remain worrisome. Shockingly, the announcements made during the budget session are yet to be implemented on ground.
The SSA teachers and the workers at RMSA continue to discharge their duties without any salary as the delinking of their salaries from central funds is yet to be initiated. "Budget is a sacred document.
u cannot make farce claims in it. As it was promised that the salaries will now be disbursed on time and no delay shall be done, there is nothing of this kind being witnessed on ground. The system continues to work on old mechanism and not even a single announcement has been implemented on ground," says a senior official in the Education Department. He added that no serious meeting has been conducted between the helmsmen of the state's finance ministry and of the department.
Budget is a sacred document. You cannot make farce claims in it. As it was promised that the salaries will now be disbursed on time and no delay shall be done, there is nothing of this kind being witnessed on ground. The system continues to work on old mechanism and not even a single announcement has been implemented on ground.
A senior official in the state Finance Ministry divulged that the department owes no less than Rs 70 crores to the SSA teachers as their monthly salaries. "There is unfortunately total chaos on ground and remedial measures haven't been taken till now. The call has to be taken by the minister itself," he said.
Furthermore, keeping in view the budget announcements, the normal course of action taken by the government is that the announcements, once passed, are implemented on ground sans any delay. It is for the first time in the financial history of the state that the budget was passed in January this year and four months later, it is yet to be implemented on ground. "The situation is such that I need to repair my house and sought loan from the bank- I was denied the loan facility for being a teacher of SSA. When I informed the bank officials about the budget announcements, they had a unanimous laugh at me," says an SSA teacher based in Srinagar.