Jammu, June 18: The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) is heading towards a possible management crisis as around 17 officials of the corporation are retiring this year and in the first half of the next year.
The insiders told Greater Kashmir that a major chunk of the officials retired in the previous months of 2011, while many more are retiring in the coming months and initial months of 2012.
Four out of six incumbent general managers are retiring in 2012, leaving only two general managers to handle the affairs of the corporation.
Similarly, three assistant works managers are retiring in 2011, while three out of total eight assistant works managers have already retired.
While in the light of Godbole and Haseeb Drabu committee reports which recommended ban on fresh recruitment in all loss making PSUs, the corporation is bound to face lack of Pertinently the recently advertised 16 posts of Depot Managers have already been stayed by the high court on the basis of the reports of these committees, the insiders disclosed.
They said that the corporation has six sanctioned posts of general managers out of which two are confirmed, against which one is functioning as Incharge Managing Director and the other as General Manager (Mechanical).
To fill the vacuum created with the retirement of four General Managers, sources said, four deputy general managers have been made as Incharge general managers and they function as Incharge general manager (purchase) J&K, incharge general manager (Operation) Jammu.
Likewise, out of nine sanctioned posts of deputy general managers, four confirmed deputy general managers are working as incharge general managers and rest four are working as incharge deputy managers (maintenance) Kashmir, Incharge deputy general manager (administration), Incharge deputy general manager (Maintenance) Jammu, while another deputy general manager who was on deputation to motor vehicle department, has joined back the corporation.
Official sources said that despite having a good number of well educated and professional officials who can work as deputy general managers, the corporation has been importing officers from outside the corporation who stay here for a year or two with much higher salaries than the deputy general manger of the SRTC gets.
The officials further said that the sanctioned strength of the depot managers is unclear with the administrative wing of the corporation.
" It had 40 sanctioned posts of depot managers before the departmental promotion was conducted in 2010 and now latest list or record shows 26 sanctioned posts of depot managers as on April, 30, 2011," the official sources disclosed.
They said that 13 depot managers were promoted in a recent Departmental Promotion Committee-2010 meeting and among these nine officers have either retired or retiring in 2011-12 leaving the corporation in deep crises.
Revealing possibility of official crunch at lower levels , the officials said, the sanctioned strength of assistant works managers, as per available records is 26, while in the recently conducted DPC-2010 ten assistant works managers were promoted and among them six have already retired from their services.
Officials in the corporation alleged that management has never allowed professionals to groom as the services of 39 engineers and MBAs posted in the department years back remain unutilized.