Revoke SRO 202: Rana

National Conference provincial President, Jammu Devender Singh Rana Friday sought immediate revocation of SRO 202 to bring parity among government servants in J&K.

“The SRO 202 is against natural justice and well defined maxim of equal pay for equal work and hence should be dispensed forthwith,” said Rana, in a statement issued, adding the provision should be immediately scrapped before undertaking new recruitment.

Rana said the rule, implemented in 2015, has demoralising effect on the employees appointed under the provision and saps their zeal and zest for work.

“The five-year probation instead of two years with denial of increments is frustrating for the employees and job seeking unemployed educated youth, who are genuinely aggrieved and agitated for delay in doing away with it,” Rana said.

He wondered over the hesitation of the administration in dispensing justice to the sufferers of SRO 202 despite candid and specific recommendations by the Law Commission last year for reduction of the probation from five to two years.

He described as apt the observation of the Commission that the provision was like “Sword of Damocles” hanging high on the heads of this set of employees.

Rana hoped the administration will take a call on the justified demand of the set of employees under SRO-202 and those likely to be appointed in the larger interest of the society, as this concerns to a whopping number of families.

He said the issue has been flagged several times keeping in view the concerns of employees but the administration was preferring muteness than showing inclination to undertake the course correction.

He said immediate rollback of the SRO 202 was a viable solution to bring about parity in the government service keeping in view the principle of equal pay for equal work.

“This will also safeguard the interests of the employees in career advancement and normal course of promotions, thus generating a healthy atmosphere in the public administration,” he said.