Performance key for KAS induction, promotions

SUMIT HAKHOO

Jammu, Jan 21: Going tough against the tainted and non-performing officers serving in various departments, Jammu and Kashmir Government has decided to induct officers into Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) only on the basis of grades they will be earning during their service period.
Sources said that the process has been initiated to bar the officers involved in corruption cases to get the administrative grade, which is reviewed by the Government from time to time as per the vacancies.
“In number of cases the officers having various inquiries pending against them have been put at the top of the seniority lists making them entitled to be inducted into KAS and subsequent promotions”, well informed sources told Greater Kashmir adding, “However, the Selection Committee has now been asked to strictly follow the procedure and classify the officers according to their service record.”
As per the directions, officers will be marked as `outstanding’, `very good’, `good’ and `unfit’ on the basis of their service record and performance in their respective departments during their service period and general conduct, before they are called for the interview.
Sources said that this way Government will be able to check the past record of the officers as the service record contains all the relevant data of the particular government employee since he joins the service.
Rule 8 of the Jammu and Kashmir KAS Rules 1979 makes it mandatory for the Selection Committee to make an overall relative assessment of the officers on the basis of their service record, sources said adding the General Administration Department has been asked to implement the rule in letter and spirit before inducting any officer into the KAS cadre.
“Induction in the Kashmir Administrative Service is much sought after and most of the officers keenly wait for the opportunity. Earlier relative seniority was the main consideration but now this new system will help to root out the corrupt officers”, said a source.
It is important to note that Government had few months back re-constituted Establishment-cum-Selection Committee, an apex body entrusted with taking all policy decisions relating to establishment, personnel management besides induction of officers into KAS and promotion to various scales.
The committee is headed by Chief Secretary Madhav Lal while M.S Khan, Commissioner/Secretary General Administration Department is one of the members. Other members of the committee include R K Jerath, Director General, IMPA, Muhammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary, Finance Department, BB Vyas, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister.
Committee will have the powers to promote officers in the KAS scale as per the requirement, particularly in those departments which are not headed by an IAS or a KAS officer.
“Committee will make a list of the officers who are eligible and are to be considered for the inclusion in the final list to be prepared after the grading of the officers. The list will then be sent to the Cabinet for the final approval”, official sources said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 21 Jan 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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