Provident Fund in Jammu and Kashmir
The EPF & MP Act 1952 (Miscellaneous provision act) came in to existence from 14 March, 1952. This act is applicable all over India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The J&K Funds Organisation has been established vide govt. Order No.88-F of 1984 dated: 05-03-1984 for maintenance of the G. P. Fund accounts of the State government employees (Superior) w.e.f. 01-04-86 who’s accounts were hither to being maintained by Accountant General J&K. The Organisation is maintaining the individual ledger Accounts in respect of G. P. Fund & S.L.I subscriptions/Premiums deducted monthly from each Government Employee including subscribers belonging to IAS/IPS and IFS cadres.
The Jurisdiction of the state funds organization is extended to the whole of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Director Funds Organisation being major Head of the Department exercises overall Administrative and Financial powers conferred under statutory rules / regulations and monitors/supervises the working of the Fund Offices located at District level.
The Direction office is presently housed in Finance Complex (Zonal Accountancy Training School) Muthi, Jammu. The official telephone no’s are:
Director Funds is assisted by two Dy. Directors (viz.) Dy. Director Funds Jammu and Dy. Director Funds Kashmir who also discharges their duties as Controlling Officers and monitor and supervise the working of the each District Fund unit. The District Fund units are headed by Chief Accounts Officers/Accounts Officers. The Divisional Fund Offices have to consolidate/compile the Broad sheet figures of the G. P. Fund communicated to them by the District Fund Offices.
The rebel group of employees under the banner of Employees Joint Action Committee (Kashmir) Thursday staged a protest rally in demand for release of arrears among other issues while it called for pen down strike in government and public sector undertakings on December 24, 2011.
Hundreds of employees assembled at Press Enclave here and staged massive protests in demand for release of arrears at par with central government employees, Confirmation-cum-regularization of all daily wagers, Adhocs, Rehbar-e-Taleems, Contractual Teachers, Fair Price Shop dealers Food and Suppliers and Anganwari workers and Helpers.
Carrying banners and shouting slogans, the employees tried to march ahead but were prevented from police.
Later addressing reporters at a local hotel here, the leaders of EJAC (Kashmir) including Shabir Ahmad Langoo, Ishtiaq Ahmad Beig, Aijaz Ahmad Khan (Chief Spokesperson), Malik Hassan and Tasleema Subhan called for daylong symbolic pen down strike on December 24, 2011.
“We have full faith in democratic set up and believe in fruitful negotiations without any cheap publicity. We urge the government not to test the patience of employees but find a reasonable, purposeful and practicable solution to the already conceded demands of the employees of the state,” they said.
The employee group rejected the government pact with Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) and demand release of arrears in two against five installments.
The EJAC (Kashmir) claims to represent and enjoys the majority support of all the sections of employees whether working in government, semi-government and public sector undertakings.
“The employees have been deceived by the so-called leaders from time to time, who for cheap publicity emotionally black the employees for their vested interests and nefarious designs. EJAC Kashmir has been framed to represent the aspirations of the employees and seek a viable solution to the problems of employees through peaceful and democratic means.”
The newly formed body also demands implementation of 6th pay commission report, release of 7% DA as early as possible, mediclaim Cover to all the government, semi government and public sector undertaking employees, including the daily rated employees.
Besides they demanded conduct of meetings of Departmental Promotion Committees for implementation of the recommendations simultaneously, Grant and sanction of Risk Allowance in favour of the employees working in Electric, Health and all such departments, which have risk factor in discharging of duties, Enhancement in the wage of Rehbar-e-Taleems and alike employees, enhancement in the wages of Daily Wagers vis-a-viz price index monitoring of Employees General Provident Fund and Compulsory Provident Fund though J&K Bank to streamline, proper and in time withdrawals and deposits of the fund and removal of pay anomalies.