Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will now get the benefit of the 7th Pay Commission. He said that it would be effective from Thursday, October 31. He also mentioned that as per his promise the government employees from both the newly formed territories will be provided with the benefits and facilities under the commission.
Addressing the media PM Modi said, "In August, I had promised the people of J&K that I will provide them with the facilities provided to all the government employees of every Union Territories. Today, the benefits of the 7th Pay Commission has been extended to J&K and Ladakh as well. It will be starting from today."
Earlier on October 1, the central government has approved the proposal of payment of all 7th Central Pay Commission allowances to the government employees of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh. In a bid to propel development in Jammu and Kashmir, following the abrogation of Article 370 and the subsequent communication blackout, the state administration constituted a 10-member sub-committee to suggest measures to encourage digitisation of payments and enhance financial inclusion.
Earlier today, Radha Krishna Mathur took oath as the first Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Ladakh. The Union Territory came into existence after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir. The office of the oath was administered by Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Geeta Mittal at a function held in Leh. Similarly, Girish Chandra Murmu, a 1985 batch of Indian Administrative Services officer of Gujarat cadre has also taken the oath as the first Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The two new Lt Governors will be replacing Satya Pal Malik, who served as the 13th and last Governor of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.