Regularisation policy: Depts asked to keep records in ‘safe custody’

In its bid to prevent bogus/fake entries in the list of daily-wagers eligible for regularization, the J&K government Thursday directed all the departments to keep records relating to casual, seasonal and other workers in the safe custody.
Regularisation policy: Depts asked to keep records in ‘safe custody’
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In its bid to prevent bogus/fake entries in the list of daily-wagers eligible for regularization, the J&K government Thursday directed all the departments to keep records relating to casual, seasonal and other workers in the safe custody.

The Finance Department today listed out measures to be taken by the departments to keep the record in the safe custody. 

The move comes after the government faced sharp criticism from the opposition over purported inclusion of workers of the ruling parties in the daily-wagers list. 

In a circular, principal secretary Finance Navin Kumar Chaudhary today ordered that all the departments shall advise their heads (HODs) "to ensure the safe custody of all the relevant and vital records in personal custody of respective drawing & disbursing Officers (DDOs)."

According to the circular, one copy each of these records shall be kept with the concerned DDO, district level controlling officer, head of department and administrative department so as to enable the authentication of the relevant information/documents at multiple levels.

The government had in December last notified a policy for regular engagement of casual, seasonal and workers. 

Under the policy, these workers would be entitled to monthly remuneration ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 24,000, provided their period of engagement is more than 10 years.

The government today also directed the departments to constitute committees at the departmental level for scrutinizing the cases before sending them to Finance/empowered committee.

"The committee shall examine all the cases minutely vis-a-vis the laid down eligibility criteria, leaving no scope for forwarding bogus or cases of ineligible workers," reads the circular.

"Only cases of such workers be submitted to Finance Department as are found genuine and eligible in all respects as per prescribed eligibility criteria and duly recommended by the said departmental committees on proper scrutiny so as to enable quick disposal of these cases by Finance Department/empowered committee."

A senior official said the departments have to initiate the action for regularisation of daily-wagers.

"The departments have to submit the cases to the empowered committee," he said.

The empowered committee headed by finance secretary would consider the cases for regularisation after proper scrutiny of the proposals from the concerned departments.

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