New Delhi, December 10: State government employees of the newly formed union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh have a reason to rejoice. The Seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) has approved allowances worth Rs 4,800 crore to nearly 4.5 lakh employees of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, according to union minister of state for home affairs, G Kishan Reddy.
Reddy in a written reply to Lok Sabha on Tuesday said that these allowances—children education allowance, hostel allowance, transport allowance, leave travel concession, fixed medical allowance—will be given for all such employees who are now working in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and the union territory of Ladakh, which came into existence on October 31, 2019.
A total of Rs 14,559.25 crore as the balance share of 14th Finance Commission grants, share of taxes that were being given to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir has been apportioned amongst the two new UTs. Of which, Rs 2,977.31 crore has already been released to the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and Rs.1,275.99 crore to the UT of Ladakh, he said.
The Government has also approved establishment of eight medical colleges in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions, he added.