Govt orders review of Recruitment Rules

Srinagar: In wake of the Public Service Commission report, ARI and Trainings Department of Jammu and Kashmir government has enjoined upon all the Administrative Departments to conduct a comprehensive review of the Recruitment Rules of all the services (Gazetted and Non-Gazetted) under their administrative control.
As per a government order, the administrative heads have been asked to propose amendments to address issues arising out, stagnation; absence of appropriate hierarchical pyramids at various levels; litigations; creations from time to time and creation of new posts for which method of recruitment has not been prescribed.
Despite instructions to all the Administrative Departments from time to time to revise the Recruitment Rules of all the services, the order said, majority of the departments have not done it so far.
“Besides many departments do not even have the Recruitment Rules in absence of which the officials appointed in the departments cannot be promoted to the higher posts. The posts created cannot be filled up also without any method of recruitment provided for the purpose,” the order said.
Model Recruitment Rules were devised by the ARI & Trainings Department during 2005 and circulated to all departments with a purpose to ensuring uniformity of standards in the Recruitment Rules of various services and also to overcome the ambiguities, if any, witnessed in the earlier rules, it said.
As per the Model Recruitment Rules, the departments are required to examine the strength and composition of its cadres after due intervals and take necessary cadre reviews. Further in many cases, it becomes impossible to fill up the posts in view of non-availability of eligible officers or officials, due to prescription of length of service, resulting in stagnation at various levels and also avoidable litigations, the order underlined.
The Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission, in its Annual Reports for the years 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13, the order said, has also pointed towards these aspects and have emphasized upon updation of the Recruitment Rules.
“It is, therefore, enjoined upon all the Administrative Departments to conduct a comprehensive review of the Recruitment Rules of all the services under their administrative control and propose amendments as may be necessary to address the issues,” the order said, asking the administrative departments to consider the observations made by the PSC while formulating the revised draft rules or proposing amendments.