50% adhoc staff awaits regularization

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Sept 8: Notwithstanding the approval of legislation and subsequent framing of rules about two years back, the Government has been able to regularize only 2000 out of a total of 5500 to 6000 adhoc/consolidated/ contractual employees while cases of rest of them were hanging fire.
Official sources confirmed to the Excelsior that nearly 3500 to 4000 cases of adhoc/consolidated/contractual employees were pending with a high empowered committee in the Finance Department, set up by the Government, for want of formalities despite lapse of about two years when the law for regularization of 5500 to 6000 workers was passed by both House of the Legislature and the Finance Department framed guidelines asking all Departments to send detailed data of the deserving staffers.
“So far, only 1800 to 2000 out of 5500 to 6000 persons engaged as adhoc/consolidated/ contractual employees have been regularized. However, as and when formalities in respect of others were completed, they too would be regularised’’, sources said, adding that regularization was an ongoing process and rest of the cases were being reviewed constantly by the high empowered committee.
They said there were some conditions fixed by the committee, as per the legislation, which the employees had to fulfill before regularization orders were issued in their favour. The conditions included appointment against a cadre post, continuous job for seven years, eligibility of the candidate when the post was filled up and appointment made by the deserving authority.
They added that formalities of adhoc/consolidated/contractual staff for regularization should be complete in all respects when sent for regularization by the concerned departments.
“The high powered committee had detected discrepancies in many cases and that was the reason that some cases had to be returned to the Departments with queries. As and when these queries are replied and formalities fulfilled, the regularization orders of the remaining staff would be issued’’, sources said.
In some cases, they pointed out, the adhoc/contractual/consolidated staff was yet to complete seven years though other formalities in their respect were complete.
“As and when they complete seven years of continuous service, they would be regularized subject to fulfillment of other formalities’’, sources said.
However, they noted that only those adhoc/ contractual/ consolidated employees would be regularized, who had been appointed in different departments before enactment of the legislation for their regularization by the Legislature and framing of rules. After the Act was approved, the Government had issued directions to all the Departments not to engage any fresh staff as adhoc/consolidated/contractual posts.
It may be mentioned here that soon after the new Assembly was constituted in 2009, the opposition as well as ruling party legislators had created massive uproar seeking regularization of adhoc/consolidated/contractual staff members forcing the Government to bring a legislation to this effect.
However, even after more two years of the approval of the legislation, more than 50 per cent employees have not been regularized so far, sources said.

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