Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] February 26 ( ANI ): A controversy has erupted after a question in the Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB
) exams regraded Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) as 'Azad Kashmir'.
also deals with the remuneration of other public sector groups including the pay and pensions of Members of Parliament and their allowances (another area of public controversy lately), ministers and, when requested to do so, for other public office holders.
MPs gave up control over their pay rises in July 2008, when the SSRB
was tasked with calculating how much they should receive based on awards for a range of other public sector workers.
Senior civil servants, the judiciary and senior NHS managers are among those covered by the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB
Bill Cockburn, head of the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB
), said he believed parliamentarians were underpaid by "10 to 15 per cent".
Businesses struggling to pay taxes in the recession deserve no less." The Senior Salaries Review Board (SSRB
) had suggested that pay for senior civil servants should go up by 2.1%, but the Government reduced that to 1.5%.
MPs also gave up the right to vote on their own increase, and the figure put forward by the Senior Salaries review Body (SSrB
) will automatically take effect.
That is almost 50 per cent higher than the pounds 5,000-a-year that the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB
) has calculated to be the average across all 646 MPs.
A spokesman for the Assembly said: "The Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB
) is in the early stages of this review and no recommendations have been made at this stage." Commission member Alban Maginnis said pay would be based on a percentage of Westminster salaries.
Shortly thereafter, water policy reforms began to take shape in the form of management plans for the South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB
), an area that includes virtually all of Alberta from the City of Red Deer to Montana.
But a spokesman for the Assembly Parliamentary Service said the decision about any pay increase will be made by the SSRB
after next year's review.