Govt engages more retired officers despite ban

JAMMU: The state government Wednesday admitted that despite a ban on reemployment of retired officers, it has engaged five officers.
The government, however, invoked “administrative exigencies expressed by the administrative departments for the re-engagement” to justify violation of ban imposed through a cabinet order.
The admission came during the proceedings of the Budget Session of the legislature in a written reply to a question by PDP MLA, Sofi Abdul Gaffar. The government in its reply said that based on cabinet decision number 116/12/2013 dated July 4, 2013 , the government order number 719-GAD of 2013 dated May 5, 2013 was issued, putting a break on reemployment of retired officers.
“However, in view of the administrative exigencies expressed by the administrative departments, five retired officers were reemployed since the issuance of the said government order in exceptional cases,” the government reply said.
It said that during the past five years, 34 retired officers were granted extension with crore of rupees borne on them annually.