Srinagar: Three weeks after his appointment as Secretary, J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE), a KAS officer has not yet been able to assume charge, courtesy ‘reservations’ of employees.
On August 11, the then governor, N N Vohra appointed Special Secretary Higher Education, Riyaz Ahmad as Secretary of the JKBOSE.
The decision was, however, resented by some employees of the Board and teacher associations, claiming it was “for the first time” that a KAS officer had been appointed to the post.
As Riyaz has not assumed charge, Chairperson JKBOSE, Veena Pandita said that it was his “own prerogative”.
The order appointing Riyaz as Secretary JKBOSE “stands” and the board employees’ reservations over the appointment were “their own point of view”, said Pandita.
“They (board employees) have their point of view, while as the government has its own point of view. Being part of the government, we have to follow the government orders,” Pandita added.
Pandita said that the board employees wanted a “proper procedure” to be followed while appointing the secretary.
Commissioner Secretary, General Administration Department (GAD), Hilal Ahmad Parray told Kashmir Reader that Riyaz’s appointment had been made by the government to “streamline” the functioning of the JKBOSE.
Despite the appointment order issued by the GAD, Imran Amin, General Secretary ‘General Employees Association’, JKBOSE said that they “would not allow him (Riyaz) to join the post” if he “does not fulfill the criteria” as laid by the JKBOSE Act of 1975.
The board employees argue that under the Act, a search committee has to be constituted in order to appoint secretary or chairman to the JKBOSE.
Amin said, a “simple order” cannot be implemented on JKBOSE.
“If Riyaz sahib fulfills the criteria, we have no objections,” he however added.
Asked if it was for the first time that a KAS officer had been appointed to the board, Amin said, “The way it has been issued, it is for the first time”.
He said that the employees have submitted a “memorandum” to Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, advisor to the governor over the matter.
The KAS officers, on the other hand, argue that it was the prerogative of the GAD to make appointments to the JKBOSE.
A senior KAS officer said that the appointment of a KAS officer would help the board as the academics appointed there in the past were “taken to ride” by officials.