Jammu: Agitating employees of Jammu Development Authority (JDA), who were on strike for the past 18 days, will get salaries as per the 7th pay commission recommendations starting June. “7th pay commission benefits will be released by the vice chairman of Jammu Development Authority in the salary of June along with the arrears," said Sat Sharma, minister of housing and urban development in the Jammu and Kashmir government, while addressing the JDA employees on Tuesday.

Advising the JDA employees to not fall prey to any false propaganda, Sharma told them to ensure growth and development of the authority. Regarding enhancement of daily wage rates as per the labour department notification, Sharma asked the concerned department to look into the matter for early redressal.

The JDA employees lashed out at their vice chairman, accusing him of failing to realise the huge amount of money pending in different projects. There should be a probe against him and the various work and renovation undertaken by him, the employees alleged. They claimed that the deficit of JDA has grown under the vice chairman due to his unjustified spending.

Over 200 staff under the banner of JDA Employees Welfare Association members were on strike, even as over five lakh government employees in Jammu and Kashmir received their salaries this month according to the recommendations of the 7th pay commission.

Sharma had earlier said that JDA was a corporation and its employees could not directly avail the benefits of the 7th pay commission recommendations. He however said that the staffers would get the full benefit of the commission as a notification had been issued by the state government.

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