Retired in-charge ZEOs stage protest, seek regularization

Retired ZEOs staging protest in Srinagar on Saturday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Retired ZEOs staging protest in Srinagar on Saturday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Feb 12: The retired in-charge Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) today staged a protest against the delay in their regularization even as several such retired officers have died but their files continue to gather dust.
Scores of such retired in-charge ZEOs appeared in the Press Enclave raising slogans in the favour of their demands while urging the concerned department to conduct their DPCs that have been delayed for long.
Muhammad Maqbool, one of the retired in-charge ZEO said that for over 9 years he worked as a retired in-charge ZEO but never got time to follow up the matter keeping in view the workload during the service.
“Now, the retired in-charge ZEOs have taken up the matter and are following the same for the last some time now, but the callousness on part of the department is delaying the entire process of our regularization,” he said.
The protestors said that there are clear-cut directions of the Supreme Court that states that the in-charge officers should be regularized, “but we have been left to fend for ourselves as the matter remains pending,” they said.
They said that even the LG, Manoj Sinha has directed the department to ensure the regularization while the files are also ready, “but the DPCs have not been conducted,” they said.
As per the protesting retired officers, there are 800 such in-charge ZEOs whose regularization is pending since 2008. “Several among them have died, 80 per cent are retired and around 20 per cent are in-service,” they said.
The protestors said that earlier as well the files got expired due to the non-conduct of DPC.
“We cannot go on and on to follow the matters, and now we urge the administration to look into the issue and take the necessary measures for our regularization without any further delay,” they demanded.