Cabinet nod to amend Civil Services Spl Provisions Act for second time

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 15: State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah at Civil Secretariat, Srinagar this evening, accorded approval to once again amend J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act to pave the way for regularization of 453 contractual, adhoc and consolidated employees, whose cases were not submitted by the concerned departments to the Empowered Committee despite repeated instructions from the Finance Department.
Official sources told EXCELSIOR that following the enactment of Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act in April 2010, instructions were issued to all the departments to furnish information regarding adhoc, contractual and consolidated employees working against clear posts to the Empowered Committee for scrutiny and verification with regard to their entitlement to regularization under the Act.
However, a number of departments didn’t furnish the full information within the deadline of June 30, 2010 leading to promulgation of an ordinance to extend the time frame for furnishing details of such employees till January 31, 2011. Later, amendment bill was placed before both the Houses of State Legislature and accordingly it received the nod.
“Despite extension in the time-period, representations continued to pour in the Finance Department from left out contractual, adhoc and consolidated employees for consideration of the cases under the Act as their departments had not acted promptly in submission of their cases”, sources said, adding “it has come to fore that 18 departments had defaulted viz-a-viz furnishing the cases within the stipulated time as a result of which 453 cases were left out”.
As there was no fault on the part of these 453 employees and their respective departments were responsible for delay in furnishing information, Finance Department today placed a proposal before the Cabinet for further amendment in J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) Amendment Act. The Cabinet has accorded approval for amendment in the Act as these left over employees cannot be denied justice just because of the follies of the concerned officers of 18 departments, sources said.
In response to a question, they said, “since State Legislature is not in session, the Government will issue an ordinance to extend the time-frame for regularization of such employees till December 15, 2012 by amending Section 10 of the Act”, adding “beyond the new cut-off date no case will be entertained as the spirit of Act is to consider only genuine cases by fixing a definite time line”.
The Cabinet also cleared the promotion of Ashkoor Ahmad Wani, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Udhampur and IPS officer of 1999 batch to the Selection Grade of IPS, sources said, adding the Cabinet also accorded approval to the enhancement of Militia Relief, the decision about which was taken in the 74th meeting of J&K Rajya Sainik Board held on March 2, 2012 under the chairmanship of Governor.

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