Axe To Fall On Re-employed Persons?

SRINAGAR: The J&K government has taken a serious note over re-employment of officials by various departments and has sought the list from the departments.

The government in 2015 had ordered the termination of all the employees who were granted re-employment by various government departments.

The decision was taken “to rid the state from the scourge of nepotism and rejuvenate administration”.

Since then, sources said that the government has re-employed many retired officials in various departments and corporations.

“The Chief Minister has taken a serious note and has directed the authorities to provide a list of these people so that appropriate action is taken,” an official of the government told KNS.

The official said the Chief Minister also ordered that engagements, arrangements made by the different departments, PSUs, boards and autonomous bodies under any scheme against any sanctioned posts without any selection procedure, even on contractual basis, shall also cease to exist with immediate effect.

“The Chief Minister issued these directions to restore the credibility of the administration so that it works in a fair and transparent manner,” the official said.

The Jammu and Kashmir state has been grappling with unemployment as the number of unemployed youth has touched over 10-lakh. However, the government seems busy in reappointing its “blue-eyed” retired employees at the coveted posts.

Contradicting the policy of discouraging reappointment of retired employees, sources the previous dispensation of the National Conference-Congress had re-appointed over 200 retired bureaucrats, judges and officers during the their six-years rule.

Sources said, government had re-employed over 150 retired bureaucrats and officers in government departments, corporations and autonomous bodies besides around 50-people including retired judges, politicians have been re-employed as consultants, chairman board members during six years.

When the PDP-BJP formed government, the cabinet had directed the General Administration Department not to entertain any such proposal.

Despite that, sources said many officials have been re-employed.

“Those who have been re-appointed have close affiliations with the political parties.

These are kith and kin of politicians of political parties and bureaucrats,” a senior official of general administration department said. “The salaries on re-appointment of retired officials are a huge burden on the state exchequer.”

There are also dozens of other retired employees, who had been reappointed reportedly due to their close proximity with the political parties.

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