Govt to verify service records of those whose appointment orders not available

Committee to scrutinize entries recorded in Service Books

Nishikant Khajuria

JAMMU, July 17: In a significant move, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir today constituted a high level committee for verification of service records of the employees whose initial appointment orders are not found available.
Official sources told the Excelsior that a large number of employees have failed to upload their initial appointment orders on the Jammu Kashmir Human Resource Management System (HRMS), a portal launched by the J&K Government in October last for mandatory registration of all its employees.
The employees were directed to upload all their service related information i. e basic information, initial appointment order, qualification, posting and promotion details etc, on this portal.
While most of employees have uploaded the details related to their qualification, posting and promotion etc, sources said that a number of them have failed to furnish the initial appointment orders as no one could have ever imagined necessity of producing the same after decades of joining their service.
As per the order, issued today by the General Administration Department, the committee shall scrutinize the entries recorded in the Service Books of such employees, whose initial appointment orders are not available, with reference to the other near analogous/supporting record, which may be available with the departments or their subordinate offices to establish genuineness of the said service record.
Headed by Principal Secretary, Finance Department, the committee comprises Director General, Accounts & Treasuries, Finance Department; a representative each from GAD, ARI & Training Department and , Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Department ( not below the tank of Additional Secretary), as its members.
It shall establish genuineness of the records of such employees and make appropriate recommendations to the concerned Administrative Departments for release of salaries in favour of these employees.
After seeking inputs from the concerned Administrative Department, the committee shall make specific recommendations to GAD within one month in respect of the cases where the genuineness of service records could not be established beyond reasonable doubts.
According to the order, the committee shall prioritize the examination of cases of the employees, who may have retired on superannuation in the intervening period. While the Government intends to verify genuineness of the service records through this exercise, some employees feared un-necessary harassment, such as stoppage of salary for no reasons.
“Our selection was made more than two decades ago and the appointment order was submitted before the concerned authority at the timer of joining. Since everything related to service record is mentioned in our Service Book, there is no fun of seeking initial appointment order,” said some employees visiting the Excelsior officer and looking for old records of the newspaper to search the Government order on their selection or promotion lists.
Alleging that the Government move was a futile exercise, they drew attention towards the order of J&K High Court, which had exempted its staff from getting registered on the JKHRMS.
Narrating his tale, a Government teacher said that when he went to the ZEO office and sought copy of his appointment order, which he had submitted at the time of joining 23 years ago, the concerned staff expressed inability to produce the same as they had lost all the records during shifting of the office. “Let me know from where I have to get the copy of my appointment order and what my fault is if the record is lost?” he asked.