- Mufti revokes all re-employment orders of govt officials
- Arrangements made on contractual basis under govt schemes without following procedure also ended
- Govt imposes ban on engaging casual labourers
- Order to apply on PSUs, boards, corporations & autonomous bodies as well
JAMMU: In a bid to rid the state from the scourge of nepotism and rejuvenate administration, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday ordered with immediate effect the termination of all those employees granted re-employment by various government departments.
Mufti also ordered that engagements/arrangements made by different departments/public sector undertakings/boards/autonomous bodies under any scheme against any sanctioned posts without any selection procedure, even on contractual basis, shall also cease to exist with immediate effect, according to an official spokesman.
“The Chief Minister issued these directions to restore the credibility of the administration, so that it works in a fair and transparent manner,” the spokesman said.
The Chief Minister also ordered that any other engagements/arrangements made by the departments, PSUs/boards/autonomous bodies at their own level shall also be governed by the above instructions of the government.
The state is facing unemployment crisis for past many years with the number of jobless only increasing by the day. But instead of addressing the issue, the successive governments were reengaging former officers, mostly top bureaucrats. At least 200 officers were rehabilitated in the Omar Abdullah-led coalition government, 40 of them in 2013 alone. The officials were reengaged despite a blanket ban imposed by the government itself in 2013. And ironically, out of the privileged 40, at least five bureaucrats were reemployed after the ban had come into force.
The NC government had argued it was only following the practice of reengaging officials, granting extension in services of retired employees or reemploying officials after retirement in line with a 2007 order by the then government headed by Ghulam Nabi Azad. The GAD order (No. 376-GAD of 2007) had said, “Extension in the government service or reemployment of a retired government servant shall be strictly for a maximum of one year.” However, six years later, a Cabinet order (number 116/12/2013, dated July 4, 2013), and government order (number 719-GAD of 2013, dated May 5, 2013) was passed by the Omar Abdullah government to impose a blanket ban on reemploying former officials. The line departments were asked not to submit any reemployment proposal and the General Administrative Department was strictly ordered not to entertain any such proposal.
Conservative estimates put the number of unemployed educated youth at nearly 700,000 alone in Kashmir valley, where the population as per 2011 census stands at six million. And if combined with the figures from Jammu and Ladakh regions, the number could go well over one million.
Also, the state has witnessed 190 percent increase in the number of job seekers registering themselves with the government-run employment exchanges over the last five years.