Despite cabinet order, assistant fund officers’ recruitment stalled

Despite cabinet order, assistant fund officers’ recruitment stalled

SRINAGAR: Despite the formal cabinet approval to the recruitment of fund officers six years ago, the authorities have not initiated a process leading to staff crunch in the vital Fund organization that manages provident fund and insurance ledgers of more than five lakh state employees.
President JK Fund Employees Association Qaiser Andrabi told Kashmir Reader that the organization is understaffed and despite approval for more recruitments and promotions, the authorities are not addressing the staff crunch issue.  “Our 1200 employees are managing vital ledgers of over five lakh employees. The employees work under stress but the government is reluctant to reduce the burden to the employees,” Andrabi said.
“Since 1986, when the organization was formed, more employees have attained superannuation than the employees who have joined the organization. This mismatch has overburdened us,” Andrabi said.  “Against the prescribed 1000 employees to be maintained by one fund organization employee, on an average 3000 are being maintained.  In the past many years nearly 300 employees have left but not a single new employee has been recruited. This recruitment freeze has overburdened the employees and become one of the causes of corruption in the organisation,” he said.
Andrabi said the authorities failed to fill up the posts of assistant fund officers which had been sanctioned by the government under a formal cabinet decision in 2008.
Since the cabinet approval, the Fund organization furnishes budget for the sanctioned posts but the funds get lapsed at the end of the financial year. “Our department has been furnishing budget for the vacant posts which lapses at the end of the each year,” an insider said. The Kashmir Reader managed to get the budget estimates copy of year 2015-16 which shows the department has made the budget for AFO’s too.
Director General Fund Organization Pushpa Devi admitted that the posts have been sanctioned but not filled up. “I am aware about the (cabinet) order and written about it to the higher ups.”
“I am an implementing authority. The powers to fill up the posts do not lie with me. I have repeatedly written to higher-ups, the file might be pending in the general administration department,” Devi said.
Devi said that the organization is being managed to the level of satisfaction and new recruitment has been bared according to a 2010 circular.
She did not elaborate on the recruitment of Assistant fund officers.

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