DCs to make contractual appointments now

Jammu/Srinagar: The government announced a new job policy whereby all gazetted and non-gazetted appointments will be made on contractual basis for seven years and then regularized based on the performance of the employees.
However, the decision won’t be applicable to the posts that have already been referred to recruiting agencies.
The new policy empowers deputy commissioner of each district to make these contractual appointments at district level, education minister Naeem Akhtar told a press conference in Jammu.
He said the decision would help the government to fill the vacant posts of assistant surgeons, lecturers and teachers from the aspirants at the district level, who will have to work in the said area during their contractual engagement.
This will help the government to cope up with the manpower shortage in these crucial sectors in the remote and far-flung areas of the state, Akhtar said.
Akhtar said the new policy was announced to cope up with rising unemployment and the failure of recruitment agencies to complete recruitment process in time. About 11,000 posts are vacant in various departments and the government is keen to fill them up through a fast-track process in a transparent manner, he added.
“Selections will be made purely on the basis of merit by a panel of experts headed by the deputy commissioner,” he said.
However, the gazetted posts to be filled up through competitive exams conducted by the PSC—KAS, judicial services—have been exempted from the proposed policy.
Akhtar also said that to implement the new recruitment policy at the earliest, Jammu and Kashmir Special Recruitment Ordinance-2015 was approved by the Cabinet, and would be submitted to the governor for issuing the Ordinance.