Top bureaucrats, Orderlies, Water Carriers, Drivers, PSOs, PAs become beneficiaries

Mockery of Govt order on one-month salary for elections

Order leaves cops high & dry

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Jan 30: Making a mockery of the Government order, Orderlies, drivers, water carriers, operators, drivers, Daftaris, Jamadars and PSOs of three senior IAS officers including Principal Secretary, Home, RK Goyal, Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Develop-ment Department, KB Aggarwal, Rural Development Secretary, Sheetal Nanda besides those posted in the offices of Chief Secretary and General Administration Department (GAD), have been given one-month additional salary for conduct of Panchayat and Municipal elections in a list released by the GAD while there was no word so far on the same incentive to police officers and officials especially the constables, who risked their lives in militancy-infested areas, for smooth conduct of the polls in which, as per Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement, not even a sparrow was killed in view of strict security arrangements made by the cops in cooperation with other security agencies.
Significantly, the GAD released the list at a time when the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had sent out reminders to all the Deputy Commissi-oners to certify and furnish to his office the list of all Government officers/ officials, who have performed duty in conduct of Panchayat and Municipal elections for payment of one-month salary to them.
The CEO’s office had set January 14 deadline for furnishing lists to its office by the Divisional Commissioners and the Deputy Commissioners, which has been missed and now they have been asked to expedite and submit the list as early as possible.
Official sources confirmed to the Excelsior that the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and office of the CEO had to certify names of Government officers/officials, who were engaged for election duty of Panchayats/Municipalities for payment of one month salary, which was promised by the State Government through Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.
The civil administration and office of the CEO had to submit lists of the civil staff to the Finance Department for payment of one month salary to the staff, which had performed the election duty.
While the CEO office was yet to receive the lists, the GAD has come out with a separate order carrying name of only 114 officials, sanctioning payment of one month additional salary to three Administrative Secretaries and other officers/officials posted in their or other Sections in the Civil Secretariat.
Describing payment of salary to personal staff of the top bureaucrats like drivers, PSOs, Orderlies, Fireman, Followers, Jamadars, Daftaris etc as nothing but “banderbaant” and “gross misuse of power”, sources wondered that majority of these officials were confined to their offices in the Civil Secretariat and it was common officer/officials and police and other security personnel, who performed duties to make the elections successful in reality.
While Government officers/officials were yet to get the salary as the Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners haven’t certified their names so far, the GAD has approved salary in favour of those, who were at the helm of affairs in the Civil Secretariat and their personal staff, sources pointed out.
The GAD order has listed Home Secretary, RK Goyal, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Secretary, Sheetal Nanda and Financial Commissioner (Revenue), KB Aggarwal, all three senior IAS officers as among the recipient of one month additional salary for conduct of Panchayat and Municipal elections.
RK Goyal’s Private Secretary, Stenographers, Orde-rly, Fireman, Water Carrier and five police personnel attached with the Home Department, some of whom were engaged as PSOs, have also been sanctioned one month additional salary.
Similarly, Sheetal Nanda’s Private Secretary, Dispatcher, CIC Operator, four Orderlies, two drivers and two PSOs were among the officials of her office, for whom one month additional salary has been approved.
KB Aggarwal’s PA, three drivers in his office, one Summon Server, one Orderly and three PSO, will also get one month additional salary for conduct of Panchayat and Municipal elections.
In the Personal Section of the Chief Secretary, his Private Secretary, two PAs, three Daftaris, one Orderly, three Class-IV and Jamadar have also been included in the GAD’s list for payment of one month salary.
Not to be left behind was Private Secretary of Commissioner/ Secre-tary GAD Hillal Parray, one Jamadar and four Orderlies in the GAD, who have also been made entitled to one month additional salary.
In GAD, three PAs of Special Secretary, one driver, four Orderlies and a cameraman were among the beneficiaries of one month salary.
“Barring few, majority of 114 officials named in the GAD list for payment of one month additional salary for conduct of Panchayat and Municipal elections, remained confined to their cozy offices inside the Civil Secretariat while police officers and officials along with other security personnel worked overnight to make the elections peaceful and free of violence and there has been no word from the Government so far as to whether they will be paid one month additional salary for the elections or not,” sources said.
Also, there was no mention of police in the GAD order issued on December 20, 2018 for payment of one month salary to Government officials as it only referred to general staff and certification of duty by the Chief Electoral Officer, Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners about the staff engaged for election duty.
Sources confirmed that there has been very strong resentment and police officers/officials, who worked day and night in militancy infested areas of entire State including the Kashmir valley and mountain locked Ladakh, erstwhile Doda district and all other such places risking their lives to ensure peaceful and violence-free elections but were so far denied any additional salary for all the hard work they put in while some of the senior bureaucrats and their personal staff walked away with all the benefits sitting in their cozy rooms.

List of officers/officials given
one month salary
Name of the Designation
Home Department
R.K Goyal, IAS Principal Secretary to
the Government
Bashir Ahmad Reshi Private Secertary
Harbinder Singh Sr. Scale Stenographer
Ghulam Nabi Orderly
Abdul Mateen Shah Fireman, No. 1965
Vinod Jalandhria Water Carrier
Kasturi Lal HC, 889/SHQ,
Dinesh Singh SgCt(M)
Ramesh Chander Follower, No. F-34
Mohd Sharief Follower, No. F-13
Bashir Ahmad SPO, 889/Sgr
Rural Development & Panchayati Raj
Sheetal Nanda, IAS Secretary
Mohammad Nazir Sheikh Director Panchayati Raj
Latif Ahmad Private Secretary
Maharaj Krishan Bhan Section Officer
Manzoor Ahmad Banka Head Assistant
Ishfaq Ahmad Senior Assistant
Bushan Lal Junior Assistant
Zakir Hussain Shah Dispatcher
Mohd Afzal Bhat CIC Operator
Ishtiyaq Orderly
Bilal Peer Orderly
Pankaj Pandita Orderly
Mohd Sultan Ganaie Orderly
List of officers/officials given
one month salary
Balbir Singh Driver
Rajesh Kumar Driver
Phoola Ram PSO
Jatinder Kumar PSO
Housing & Urban Development Department
K.B Agarwal, IAS Financial Commissioner
Narinder Khajuria Additional Secretary
Rattan Lal Nadh PA
Suneel Gupta Senior Assistant
Chandji Bhat
Dinesh Sharma Junior Assistant
Ajay Singh Class-IV
Rama Kanth Sharma Driver
Devinder Kumar Driver
Mohd Shafi Driver
Saidullah Shah Orderly
Ashwani Kumar Summon Server
Manzoor Ahmad Shah
Qasim Shah Orderly
Bal Krishan PSO
Ali Mohd PSO
Ashok Kumar PSO
General Administration Department
Ideel Saleem Deputy Secretary with
Chief Secretary
Gurpreet Singh Under Secretary with
Chief Secretary
Muzamil Under Secretary with
Chief Secretary
Zameer Allaqband PA, Chief Secretary Office
Showkat Ahmad PA to Special Secretary
Sameer Ahmad PA to Special Secretary
Kuldeep Raj PA to Special Secretary
Ramesh Kumar Section Officer,
Chief Secretary Office
Mohammad Tariq Network Manager, GAD
Pawan Kumar Head Assistant,
Chief Secretary Office
Shaima Nargis Head Assistant,
Chief Secretary Office
Mir Tafazzul Majeed Legal Assistant,
Chief Secretary Office
Waseem Khanday Senior Assistant,
Chief Secretary Office
Sunil Kumar Senior Assistant,
Chief Secretary Office
Manohor Lal Driver with Deputy
Secretary, Chief
Secretary Office
Aijaz Ahmad Orderly,
Chief Secretary Office
Mohammad Ashraf Cameraman,
Rather Information Department
Narayan Dass Orderly
Bashir Ahmad Orderly
Zahoor Ahmad Orderly
Personal Section of Chief Secretary
Rakesh Sharma Private Secretary
Taha Hussain PA
Deepak Khosla PA
Tarseem Lal Senior Assistant
Romesh Kumar Jr. Assistant
Sowkat Ahmad Mir Jr. Assistant
Mohd. Shafi Daftari
Thakar Dass Orderly
Sushil Kumar Daftari
Amar Nath Daftari
Jaggar Nath Raina Senior Office Attendant
Gulshan Kumar Class-IV
Mehboob Ali Class-IV
Himmat Raj Class-IV
Mohd Shafi Pir Jamadar-I
Personal Section of Commissioner/Secretary, GAD
Sohail Khan Pricate Secretary
Mohd Ramzan Dar PA
Rajesh Sharma PA
Bodh Raj Jamadar
Pushpinder Singh Orderly
Mohd Amin Orderly
Ghulam Hassan Dar Orderly
Ghulam Hassan Orderly
Personal Section of Additional Secretary, GAD (Adm)
Fayaz Ahmad Mir PA
Abdul Wahid Bhat Junior Assistant
Madan Lal Orderly