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JAMMU: A Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sindhu Sharma on Tuesday granted last and final opportunity of two weeks to State to comply with the order dated July 31, 2018, in the petition filed by Joginder Singh Bench Secretary of the High Court regarding dearth of staff at various level (i.e.) High Court and District Courts, pay anomaly with respect to officers and staff, and promotional avenues to Law Graduate Readers of the High Court.
Earlier on July 31, 2018, Division Bench observed that pursuant to the directions passed by this Court on February 27, 2018 and June 1, 2018, respondents had been directed to file the separate affidavits indicating therein as to what steps had been taken with regard to nine agenda items, which were discussed in the meeting held on March 20, 2018, convened in the office chamber of the Registrar General of the High Court.
Joginder Singh appearing in person submitted that the progress shown with regard to the agenda Nos. 1 to 8 is satisfactory. However, with regard to the agenda item No. 9, he submitted that the view adopted by the Government related to the issue of removal of pay anomaly by the Pay Anomaly Committee is erroneous.
It was urged that the issue was not so much with regard to the removal of pay anomaly between the J&K High Court Staff inter se, as much as it was pertaining to bringing the staff at par with the staff of other High Courts like Delhi and Punjab and Haryana High Court.
While the Committee to which the matter has been referred by the Government may proceed to determine the issue, it should not be lost sight of the fact that the anomaly issue has to be dealt with the angle of bringing about uniformity in the pay-scale of the High Court employees with those working in the High Court of Delhi and Punjab and Haryana High Court.
DB further observed that it appears that the Registrar General of this High Court had already conveyed a communication dated December 28, 2017 to the Secretary to Government, Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Civil Secretariat, Jammu with regard to the scales of pay being enjoyed by the employees of other High Courts. In addition to that, Registrar General, also appears to have sent another communication dated July 21, 2018, clarifying therein the factual position with regard to the pay scales of the employees of the aforesaid High Courts.
Let an appropriate decision be taken by the Government in terms of aforesaid communications and the result thereof be conveyed to this office positively on or before the next date of hearing. DB also directed respondents to submit a detailed status report with regard to the further action taken with regard to agenda item Nos. 1 to 8 on the next date.
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