Government bans re-employments

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Apr 24: The state cabinet on Wednesday imposed a blanket ban on reemployment of government officials.
The cabinet which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Jammu this morning issued directions to the General Administration Department (GAD) not to entertain any proposal about reemployment of any government official in future.
The line departments were also asked not to submit any such reemployment proposal. Though Jammu and Kashmir is grappling with unemployment problem with number of educated jobless youth having touched six lakh figures the government recently revealed that around 150 employees were reemployed at different places, some of them at higher positions, after NC-Congress coalition took the reins of the state in 2009.
“Of them 43 persons have been reemployed as Consultants, Advisors and Chairmen during the past four years,” official sources said.
The government was following the practice of reengaging officers/officials, granting extension in services of retired employees or reemploying officials after retirement following a government order in 2007 with regard to the policy of extensions and reemployment.
The GAD order (No. 376-GAD of 2007) said that re-employment of a retired government servant shall be for a maximum of one year.
“Extension in the Government service and or reemployment of a retired government servant shall be strictly for a maximum of one year,” the GAD order said.
But in violation of the GAD order, some officials, who happened to be close to power corridors, are continuing in job for many years even after their retirement.
The latest move to ban reemployment follows allegations that government was reengaging officials and officers after their retirement on political considerations.
The Government was cornered by legislators of the opposition parties on the issue in the recently concluded Budget session at Jammu.
Official figures with Greater Kashmir revealed that from high-ranking bureaucrats to lower rung employees, the Government would pick up “favorite and influential” officials for absorbing them after retirement in the Government sector.
The phenomenon, which drew severe flak from civil society and political circles, was widespread in different departments and Government-constituted Commissions and other statutory bodies.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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