The members of Executive Council and Guidance Council of Jammu and Kashmir Mechanical Graduates Association (JKMEGA) today met the Minister for PWD(R&B) & Mechanical Engineering and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri and projected their demands.
The deputation headed by President JKMEGA, Er Firdous Ahad Bhat, raised the issue about the apprehension of closure of Stores and Procurement Department.
The delegation apprised the Minister about the importance of the Department in the State emphasizing that 35 Mechanical Engineers at various levels are presently working in the said department. They said that Mechanical Engineering Department being a small wing of R&B Department has a wide scope in present day machine-based world and needs to be further strengthened.
The Minister was appraised that the stores and Procurement Department is the bread earning source of almost 500 families, as many people are working in the said department on daily basis for material handling, carriage, etc.
Some of the major and mostly minor works in other departments will also be affected by the closure of the SPD, they said.
The delegation further apprised the Minister that all the materials procured through SPD are subjected to tests and inspections to ensure that it meets the prescribed quality parameters required for the seismic zone like Jammu and Kashmir.
They said that in whole procedure mostly 'Pre-Dispatch Inspections' are conducted by Certified / Government Recognized Third Party Inspection Agencies so as to have an unbiased quality report of material being procured. However, they said that due to the negligence of the Government, the department was left with just to procure and supply Bitumen and Steel for the R&B Department till 2016.
The Minster ensured the delegation that SPD won't be closed and in fact attempts would be made to revive the department on modern lines with High tech material testing laboratory.
The delegation also appraised the Minster about the stagnation of Mechanical Engineers at various levels as one post of Chief Engineer, two posts of Superintending Engineer, Nine posts of Executive Engineer and 21 Posts of AEE are presently vacant. The Minister assured the delegation that all the vacancies will be filled by mid of February 2017.
The Minister assured the delegation that all their genuine demands like confirmation at all levels, running grades to the engineers, enhancement of Frequent Travel allowance, etc will be addressed in shortest possible time.
The delegation thanked the Minister for listening to the demands of the Mechanical Engineers.