CAPD employees protest against Director, demand streamlining of dept hierarchy

SRINAGAR: Scores of employees of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) departmenton Wednesday staged a protest against the director for failing to file a “timely” legal suit challenging the High Court orders that called for quashing of promotion orders of hundreds of its employees.
Last year, the High Court quashed the promotion order of 176 Tehsil Supply Officers (TSOs) passed by Director CAPD in 2011. On July 21 this year, the HC warned officers of CAPD to proceed against them if they fail to implement judgment quashing promotion order of the TSOs and Inspectors.
Subsequently, the CAPD officials started the process to revoke the promotion orders, much to the annoyance of its employees.
On Wednesday, the protesting employees, gathered outside the director’s office at Shaheed Gunj, raised slogans and demanded streamlining of the hierarchy.
“The implementation of the HC order has resulted in chaos in the department. We don’t know who is who here as the most employees don’t know what posts they are holding,” Nazir Ahmad Khan, head of the CAPD employees’ union, said.
He said that the director must rectify “what has happened in the department after implementation of this order.”
Khan said that the present director’s failure to take a timely legal recourse against the HC orders was the main reason “behind the mess.”
“The rights of employees are not respected here, that is why we are voicing our concerns,” he said adding that the protests will continue till proper restructuring of designations doesn’t take place within the department.
He said that continuous promotions in the department have created new posts which have been filled over the time.
“Revoking the present positions will be gross injustice to the senior employees,” he added.
“At present, an official who is holding the post of a TSO has no idea as to what positions he is acquiring,” he said.
He further said that inducting officers from Jammu was “another jolt” to the prospects of promotions of Kashmiri employees.
He said that the CAPD department functions separately in Kashmir as well as in Jammu division. “Why are the officials from Jammu brought to Kashmir? We, as a Union are against it as it is harming our interests,” he added.
The employees said that they continue the protest demonstrations without disrupting distribution of supplies at the ration stores.