EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BUDGAM | No promoted junior assistant qualifies ‘mandatory’ typing test: RTI reveals

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 21 2017 12:49AM | Updated Date: Aug 21 2017 12:49AM
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BUDGAM | No promoted junior assistant qualifies ‘mandatory’ typing test: RTI reveals

None of the class IV employees promoted as in-charge junior assistants in the education department in district Budgam, has qualified the ‘mandatory’ typing test, an RTI has revealed.

In a reply to RTI filed by activist Raja Muzaffar Bhat, the department has acknowledged that none of the employees in Budgam district has qualified the typing test even as they continue to work on the post.

“The department received a communication from directorate of school education, Kashmir, wherein point number 6 reads that as per the result statement furnished by the principal 1T1 Srinagar among 16 in-charge junior assistants from district Budgam none of them has qualified the typing test,” reads the reply to the RTI.

The reply also states that the administrative department in a letter has already asked the director school education Kashmir that the class-IV employees placed as in-charge junior assistants, “if failed to pass the type test within six months, shall be reverted back and opportunity would be provided to others.”

As already reported by Greater Kashmir dozens of class IV employees were promoted in 2013 by the then director school as junior assistants in Budgam and Anantnag districts. However no typing test was held for the promoted lot for some time. “And, when the test was held, they did not qualify it.”

"Four years passed since their promotion but department is yet to take action against them,” an official said.

On the other hand, the class IV employees working in school education department for the past five years are running from pillar to post for redress of their demands.

“Despite we being qualified having bachelor’s and master’s degrees, the department is not conducting our typing test to make us eligible for promotion as junior assistants. This is sheer injustice with us,” said a group of aggrieved class-IV employees.

According to officials, under SRO 308 of 2008, 25 percent posts of junior assistants were kept reserved for 10th pass class-IV employees who also have diploma certificate in computers.

"But it was mandatory for these employees to pass the basic typing test within a period of four months after their promotion which they have not qualified for past four years," he said.

Interestingly, the promotion order number 2150 DSEK of 2013 issued on November 7 of 2013 by the then director reads, “the class IV employees cannot confer any claim /benefit for such placement unless they qualify the type test within a period of 4 months from the date of issuance of order.”

In case of failure, the placement order shall be deemed as rescinded, the promotion order reads.

Director school education G N Itoo ruled out his involvement in the issue and said the promotion order was issued years before his posting in the department.

“It is mandatory for them to qualify the typing test for which we provided them one month training in DIETs so that they will qualify the test which will be conducted in near future,” Itoo said.