JKEEGA appeals Principal Secy PDD to redress burning issues

JKEEGA office bearers during a press conference at Jammu on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
JKEEGA office bearers during a press conference at Jammu on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 26: The Jammu and Kashmir Electrical Engineering Graduates’ Association (JKEEGA) has appealed the Principal Secretary Power Development Department (PDD) to resolve the burning issues of the Graduate Engineering fraternity on priority.
Addressing a press conference here today, newly elected president of JKEEGA Sachin Tickoo said that during the tenure of Niteshwar Kumar (Principal Secretary, PDD) many issues like regularization of retired engineers which had been languishing since 20 years, have been addressed.

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Stating that there are nearly 300 posts of JE, 150 of AEs, 100 of AEE, 25 of Xen, 17 SEs, 4 CEs and 3 Executive Director which are lying vacant and thereby badly affecting the administrative efficiency, he expressed hope that all these posts shall be expeditiously filled so that not only the promotional opportunities are provided to the incumbents but also the revenue realization also improves remarkably.
Tickoo said the promotion files complete in all respects at various levels are pending in General Administrative Department since months now and all engineers are feeling demoralized as many of them are on verge of retirement and many have retired without promotional benefits. He further demanded that to clear all the impediments and hurdles in order to regularize the services of the serving engineers and adhere to the State Administrative Council Decision Dated 22-10-2019 which had stipulated that the process of regularization be completed before November 2019.
He also appealed the Lieutenant Governor to pass instructions to the Finance Department to issue SRO for the Assured Career Progression scheme of Engineers which had been approved by the then State Cabinet in 2017 and well documented in the State Budget in year 2017. He also sought that the Draft Recruitment Rules (Gazetted) Service in PDD be notified as the same had been circulated three months back for examination by a committee and recommendations thereof.