Officers of four J&K departments have been directed not to leave their place of postings without prior permission from the competent authority, amid the ongoing lockdown.
“No officer or staff will leave Kashmir for Jammu or vice versa without my permission,” read the directions issued by Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Technical Education.
An official said officers from the respective departments were connected with each other though WhatsApp groups to monitor working of the departments and implement directions and programs, amid the lockdown. He said heads of the departments and Managing Directors of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Technical Education have been strictly asked to remain available in the respective divisions for effective service delivery and transparency in the departments.
“Mobile phones of officers at district and directorate level should not be on switched off mode at anytime for any reason. We all are public servants and supposed to be available 365 days and 24×7,” said an official quoting Choudhary.
The departments have also been directed to hold meetings through video-conferencing for officers posted in the province to streamline the system. The official while quoting directions from Choudhary on an official WhatsApp groups said they have been directed to get prior permissions and no post approval will be granted for visit outside the Union Territory or abroad for any personal or official purpose.
Choudhray has also issued direction to officers under his departments to review recruitment rules and submit report by May 15, and also send details about vacancies at various levels to the recruitment agencies.
He has emphasized on timely disposal of RTIs. “Focus should be ensured on integrated farming by taking account benefits of horticulture, dairy development, flower cultivation, poultry, fodder production and fisheries which are basic of economic development,” read the directions to the officials.
While emphasizing collective and integrated approach between the related departments, Choudhary has asked the Vice Chancellors of two Agriculture Universities of Jammu and Kashmir to bring new research benefits to the farmers.