Govt fails to scrutinize regularization of workers in time

Mir Iqbal
SRINAGAR, May 30: The Empowered Committee set up by the Government to scrutinize contractual, adhoc and consolidated workers in scores of Government departments for regularization has failed to clear even half of the cases even though only three months are left to clear all the cases before Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect later this year.
Official sources told Excelsior the way scrutinisation process is going on at present, it would take at least a year to complete all the pending cases, and hence it seems impossible to clear all the referred cases before.
“The process of scrutinisation of cases need to be intensified so that all the cases be cleared before Mode Code of Conduct will come into effect in the State ahead of State Assembly election scheduled from October- November of this year,” sources said.
The committee was headed by Commissioner/Secretary Finance to scrutinize all these cases.
Sources said some 7000 contractual, Adhoc and consolidated appointees working in at least 38 Government departments including Education, Public Health Engineering (PHE), Power Development Department (PDD) and Health and Medical Education were referred to the Finance Department, only 3500 cases were cleared for their regularization till date.
“On 8th and 21st of this month, two meeting were held in which only 285 cases were picked for scrutinisation of documents in which 230 cases were referred to Empowered Committee for verification while as rest of the cases were found deficient of relevant qualification and thus, handed over to their concerned departments,” they added.
Sources said that the reason for slow process of clearing these cases was due to the securitizing staff shortage in the department and official apathy of some departments who have not promptly acted and furnished the required information properly in most of the cases.
“Only two employees are handling the cases of 38 different departments. It is impossible to scrutinize huge number of files pending here,” sources said, adding, these two officers have to check all the relevant documents including initial appointment letters, salary slips, requisite qualification to work on the post and other legal formalities in every case, which is time consuming process.
Maintaining that it was humanly impossible to check all formalities and even asking the concern departments to rectify the mistakes found in most of the cases referred to them due to official negligence, it takes more time to the Empowered Committee for verification and hardly some cases are referred for final process.
“Some departments have not promptly acted and furnished the required information properly, thus not only leaving out genuine cases for no fault of theirs but also violating J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) (Amendment) Bill 2013, which was tabled in the House last year for speedy process,” sources said.

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