Advisors to decide fate of consultants hired by PDP-BJP govt
Continuing with its policy of taking a hard look at all the appointments made by the previous government, the State Administrative Council (SAC) has authorised the advisors to the Governor to see whether consultants/advisors are still needed for the work they were hired for by the PDP-BJP government. While advisors would mull over the future of these consultants, the government on the other hand has decided to do away with all those political appointees who are still clinging to their chairs.
Apart from appointing more than 30 political activists as vice-chairmen of different PSUs, boards and other such institutions, the previous government had also made lateral engagements in different departments by appointing certain persons as consultants, advisors and analysts for different assignments.
The SAC which met here on Wednesday has decided that the advisors will decide on continuation/ termination of consultants/ advisors appointed by the previous government on hefty salaries.
In this regard, the administrative secretaries have been asked to submit all such cases to advisors by July 6 for a decision. "Advisors have been requested to decide the cases by 09-07-2018," reads the GAD directive issued in follow-up to the SAC decision.
The issue will again come up for the discussion in the SAC meeting scheduled on July 11.
Even as advisors would explore whom to fire or whom to retain, a source told Greater Kashmir that Governor's administration has decided to sack all the political appointees who are still clinging to chairs. "While most of the political appoints have resigned after the collapse of PDP-BJP government, a few of them are still clinging on chairs," a senior bureaucrat said.
"It has become necessary to find legal route to sack them because they are holding statutory positions," he said.
The official said the cases of consultants/advisors and political appointees are being treated separately "Not a single political appointee will be retained," the official said.
It is pertinent to mention here that political appointments made by the previous dispensation had triggered widespread resentment among the public.
A few political appointees interfered in every decision of the departments where they were engaged for giving expert advice.