LTA, mediclaim for J

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Srinagar, May 21 (UNI) Awaiting the implementation of sixth pay commission by the Centre, The Jammu and Kashmir government has not taken any decision over the increase in the retirement age of its employees from 58 to 60 years.

The state cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here, last night took a number of decisions for the benefit of 3.5 lakh employees, chief secretary B R Kundal told reporters here today.

In reply to a question, he said no decision was taken on the increase in the retirement age.

We will be implementing the sixth pay commission which will also take care of retirement age of an employee, he said adding we are awaiting the implementation of the commission report by the centre.

He said the pay commission would be implemented with some modifications if necessary.

He said almost all the employees demands have almost been met and there is now no justification for dharnas, strikes and agitation.

By another decision, he said, the cabinet decided to resume Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) for its employees which remained suspended for four years.

However, he said, an employee can avail the LTA once in five years. This, he said, would help the employees to take their family members outside the state.

The Cabinet also approved Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy, replacing previous insurance policy.

He said, on the demand of the employees the Group Mediclaim has been introduced as only 40,000, out of 3.5 lakh employees had opted for previous insurance policy. The Group mediclaim will also cover retired employees and legislatures, he added.

Mr Kundal said the gazetted officer, legislatures and retired persons would have to pay 75 per cent premium while in case of low paid they will have to pay 50 per cent.

An insured person can take the policy for three to five years, he added.

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