J&K Govt Okays Scheme For Promotion Of Pandit Employees

Srinagar- In a bid to cool the rising tempers of Kashmiri Pandit employees seeking relocation from the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday approved the scheme which envisages maintaining a separate seniority for Kashmiri Migrant employees appointed under the Prime Minister’s Development Package.

The scheme for promotion of PM package employees was taken in the Administrative Council which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday, an official spokesperson said.

He said the decision was taken in a bid to streamline the career progression of employees engaged under the PMs Package.

“This will remove the bottleneck in career progression of employees appointed under the PM package,” he said.

“The scheme envisages maintaining a separate seniority for Kashmiri Migrant employees appointed under the PM package, by respective appointing departments which will run parallel to the seniority of regular employees and will take effect from the date of appointment against the supernumerary posts under the PM Package,” he added.

Accordingly, the spokesperson said that the AC sanctioned creation of pre-facto supernumerary posts at corresponding higher levels to pave way for timely career progression of Kashmiri Migrant employees, by reducing the supernumerary posts at lower levels in the same ratio.

“However, these promotions will be based on seniority and eligibility requirements as per the recruitments rules,” he said.

Further, he said that for maintaining the spirit of the PM Package, all posts under the PM Package have been re-designated as divisional level posts in Kashmir Division.

“The new structure will provide avenues for in-situ promotion to all PM Package employees as per eligibility and seniority,” the spokesperson said, adding “The implementation of the scheme will be monitored at the highest level to ensure that the eligible employees avail the benefits of the scheme at the earliest,”

The spokesperson said that during the financial year 2008-09, Prime Minister’s Package was rolled out for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants to the Kashmir valley which included various incentives like Housing, Employment, and Transit Accommodations etc.

“The employment component of the package extended employment to 6000 eligible candidates by creating various supernumerary posts in different departments,” he added.

The announcement of scheme by government comes at a time when KP employees are holding continuous protests seeking relocation from the Valley after a surge in militant attacks on KP and migrant employees, besides non-local labourers.

Hundreds of employees have already fled from the Valley, even as the government has shifted nearly 200 KP teachers from vulnerable areas to safer locations in Srinagar and other towns.

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