SRO-202 Revoked, Probation Period Reduced to 2 Years

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Srinagar: In a significant decision, the Administrative Council headed by Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Monday decided that no appointments will be made under SRO-202 henceforth, even as probation period for appointees under this policy has been reduced to two years from five years.

The council which met Monday evening approved recommendations made by a high-powered committee to do away with SRO-202 in future appointments in government sector.

“Administrative Council chaired by LG Sh. G C Murmu takes historic decision. No fresh appointments under SRO-202. Probation period of old appointees under SR0- 202 reduced from 5 years to 2 years. Massive step towards employee welfare,” J&K government spokesman Rohit Kansal tweeted.

Sources said that the panel headed by Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam and comprising of senior bureaucrats had made these recommendations on Saturday during a meeting held in Jammu.

The SRO-202, also known as new job policy, was unveiled by the PDP-BJP government in 2015.  Under the policy, a new recruit had to undergo five years’ probation period before being entitled to pay applicable to the post against which he/she is appointed.

Sources disclosed that nearly 13000 appointments were made under SRO-202 by different recruiting agencies since 2015.

According to them, the government’s decision to do away with SR0-202 will have financial implications worth Rs 54 Crore in the first year.

It is worthwhile to mention that J&K Law commission had last year recommended that the probation period of five years under the policy appears to be disproportionate, supernatural, plethoric and limitless. “An employee cannot be asked to wend a tortuous journey tottering, or rather, doddering his/her way to register his/her claim for the completion of the period of his probation after a great deal and lull of five years,” read the report.

 

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