SRO-202: J&K Law Commission for cut in probation period

In a major breather for newly appointed government employees, the Law Commission headed by Justice (retired) M K Hanjura has recommended reduction in probation period from five to two years under SRO-202.

In 2015, then PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir had introduced SRO-202 which fixed five year probation period for new appointees. The move since its implementation has been facing opposition from both government employees as well as the educated youth in J&K.

Coming down heavily on makers of this SRO, the Commission in its report submitted to Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said, “They kept the Sword of Damocles hanging high on the heads of this set of employees.”

The Law Commission has recommended that words “five years” wherever appear in SRO-202 shall be replaced with “two years” which will not only be in tune and in line with Office Memorandum of Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, but will also be in consonance with the evolved concept of justice and equality.

“Those employees who have completed two years of probation on the date of the promulgation of Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Act 2019 may be regularized subject to the conditions laid down in the SRO and the cases of those employees who will be completing two years of probation on any future date may be taken up for such consideration on such dates,” the Law Commission recommended.

“The period of probation for direct recruitment to the non-gazetted posts has to keep pace and affinity with Rule 3(i) of the office memorandum of the DOPT,” it reads.