Govt orders review of employees' performance under new rules

Non-performing employee can be retired after 22 years of service or 48 years of age
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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a fresh review of its employees' performance for retirement after 22 years of service or 48 years of age under amendment provisions of J&K Civil Service Regulations.

The government in October last year amended Article 226 (2) of the J&K Civil Service Regulations to enable it to retire an employee upon completion of 22 years of service or attaining 48 years of age in the public interest.

Alongside the amendment, the J&K Finance Department had asked the administrative secretaries for carrying out a review of the respective employees' performance for implementation of the new rule.

However, a fresh circular issued by J&K Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta on Thursday said that the respective departments have not initiated any such review so far.

The Chief Secretary asked the administrative secretaries to initiate review of the employees' performance to be placed by the respective review committee for further recommendation to the General Administration Department, which shall place the cases before the competent authority.

“The exercise to review performance . . . will be initiated for each government servant for the first time after his/her completion of 22 years of service or attaining 48 years of age and any time subsequently, as may be required,” the circular said.

Seeking attention of all Administrative Secretaries towards the S.O. 324 issued by Finance Department on 22 October 2020, the circular reads: “The cases of government servants for consideration under above rules shall be placed before the General Administration Department by Review Committee which has been constituted for the purpose, for placing its recommendations before the Competent Authority.”

Despite directions from the government, the circular said, the departments have not initiated any exercise for reviewing the performance of the government servants, in terms of the above-mentioned S.O.

“The departments shall follow the procedure as laid down in Article 226 (2) of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service Regulations Volume I and place the cases of such identified employees before the review Committee for consideration of Competent Authority,” it said.

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