SRINAGAR: The National Conference-led coalition government has failed to utilize more than 200 Kashmir Administrative Services officers of 2010 batch even as they have already completed their probation period and several departments are facing shortage of staff at various levels. Political string-pulling is also believed to be at work to perpetuate the uncertainty among the future administrators of the state.
According to reports, the J&K Public Service Commission had selected 398 officers for the coveted civil services in 2010. Of them, 208 were in the KAS while others were in Kashmir Police Service and Kashmir Accounts Service. On their selection, the officials were deputed to the Revenue Training Institution and Institute of Management and Public Administration for various orientation courses after which they were sent on probation to various departments for three months.
However, even after they completed their probation periods, orders of their postings have not been issued in spite of a lapse of two months. Reports said that although the General Administration Department had ordered their postings, but, for some unknown reasons, these were not implemented.
Sources said the government had formulated a foolproof and transparent policy for the posting of the officers in keeping with their merit and suitability. However, because of the alleged political string-pulling, the policy was not implemented and instead duration of their probation period was extended by one month till end of November under an order issued by the GAD on October 25.
Even after the deadline expired, the posting orders of the KAS have not been issued with the result they are forced to idle away their time. The situation took a turn for the worse when their junior KAS officers of 2011 and 2012 batches were put on probation in the Civil Secretariat along with those of the 2010 batch.
Quoting sources, reports said political string-pulling was going on to ensure posting of blue-eyed boys on plum postings of their choice while others were being subjected to harassment. They said several KAS officers of 2010 batch were fed up with their daily visits to the Civil Secretariat and their frustration was mounting by the day. (KNS)
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