All J&K Post Graduate Engineers Association has urged chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to accord priority to their genuine demands by directing concerned ministers to bring parity.
At a meeting held under the chairmanship of Muzamil Ahmad Rafiqi, President of the association at PWD Complex Jammu today, the emphasis was laid on quality improvements and up scaling of professional competencies of the engineering departments in the state.
The association statement said with a view to strengthen the professional levels of the manpower, on job courses and off job trainings shall be emphasized, so that the drawbacks besetting the system are appropriately addressed, which will definitely fetch rich dividends to the state government and to the public at large.
According to the statement, the fraternity feels that the state government has been banking on private consultants for implementations of various projects who are usually out of tone with the executing agencies by virtue of which the desired objectives are not been fulfilled and the state has to bear abnormal costs worth crores of rupees which take the toll on various projects being implemented in the state. These private consultancy services further have not brought forth any tangible results which could be put out for social auditing.
"In this backdrop the association feels that if the community of "Post Graduate Engineers" available in State Government engineering departments are utilized to their potential and necessary exposure given to them along with specific responsibility, these engineers can turn out to be the most valued substitutes for the existing system. This shall of course result in massive savings for the state Government which is otherwise unnecessarily being spent on private consultants."
The "Post Graduate Engineers" Association have been striving for quite long for being given an appropriate placement in the hierarchy, but have not so far received any patronage and support which would be quite beneficial ultimately for the development of the state.
The association therefore requests the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, the Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Minister for Works (R&B) Naeem Akhter and Minister for PHE, I&FC Sham Lal Chowdhary for according due consideration to the reasonable demands hither to fore made for creating an appropriate space for post graduate engineers for overall betterment of the state.