Srinagar: Taking serious note of nearly 8000 adhoc and contractual appointments in different departments despite a blanket ban , the government Tuesday ordered “discontinuation” of all those engaged in violation of ‘Special Provisions Act’ and SRO-64.
The government has also ordered identifying and booking within a month those officers responsible for making the illegal appointments or engagements.
Last week, the Assembly was informed that 7,893 illegal appointments of consolidated, casual, daily-wager, need based, local fund paid, and contingent employees in ten government departments were made during the four year tenure of ruling National Conference-Congress coalition in the state.
“While collecting details from various departments for replying to certain questions, raised in the state legislature, it has been noticed that engagements have been made by some departments in violation of J&K Special Provisions Act, SRO-64 (of 1994) and a government order (239-F of 2005; dated 29-11-2005),” an order by General Administration Department said.
“This has been viewed seriously by the state legislature and the government,” it added.
The J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions Act), 2010, provides for the regularization of contractual, consolidated and adhoc employees (engaged before the enactment of the Act) besides a ban on such appointments.
In 2005, a blanket ban was imposed on the engagement of daily rated workers while devising a policy for DRWs vide SRO-64 of 1994. The government order No.239-F of 2005 permits four departments—Agriculture Production, Public Works (R&B), PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control and Power Development—to engage casual need based workers.
Accordingly, the GAD order said that all the administrative secretaries are impressed upon to discontinue forthwith all the persons, engaged in violation of the ‘Special Provisions Act’ and SRO-64.
“Copies of the disengagement orders shall be forwarded to the GAD within a fortnight.”
Secondly, the GAD order said that the officers responsible for making these illegal appointments or engagements should be identified and charge-sheeted. “Copies of the charge-sheets may be forwarded to the GAD within thirty days,” it said.
The government has also ordered administrative secretaries to revisit the engagements made in accordance with government order No.239-F of 2005 and kept at the bare minimum requirement. “Action in this regard shall also be intimated to the GAD,” the order added.
Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather on behalf of Minister Incharge GAD (Chief Minister Omar Abdullah) had also given break up of 7893 engaged persons in the 10 departments from March 2009 to January 31, 2013.
According to Rather, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department engaged 134 casual-daily wagers, 974 contingent or local fund paid and 39 consolidated employees. In Education Department, 940 persons have been engaged in these categories.
The appointments had been made in other departments including Floriculture (614), Horticulture (181), R&B (1008), Housing and Urban Development Department (2), Local Bodies of Kashmir (655), Local Bodies of Jammu (763 ) and in Tourism Department (761).