Promotion of class IV employees: Waitlist employees smell foul as DSEK orders fresh type test of absentee candidates

Promotion of class IV employees: Waitlist employees smell foul as DSEK orders fresh type test of absentee candidates
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Would be considered for next DPC: Director

Irshad Khan

Srinagar: The Director School Education Kashmir has “verbally” ordered to conduct type test of eight class-IV employees of the department-including an employee working in the Chief Secretary’s office-who had remained absent in the test held almost six months ago.
The test will form the basis for the promotion of employees as junior assistants, but other candidates resent the move citing completion of the process.
The Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) had, on April 17 conducted computer-based type test of 72 class-IV employees of Srinagar district including orderlies, laboratory bearers and library bearers.
The employees who qualify the test are promoted against available vacancies according to their seniority, an official said.
A candidate who had appeared in the April type test told Kashmir Reader that 31 of them including him had qualified it.
However, due to availability of only 21 vacancies, the employee said, he did not figure in list as per seniority. The remaining 10 including him have been kept in the “waiting list”.
In a letter written on July 28 and seen by Kashmir Reader, Chief Education Officer Srinagar, Mudassir Kaleem Fazli has asked Principal ITI, Srinagar to conduct the type test of eight class-IV employees who remained absent in the April test, after the DSEK “verbally directed to conduct type test”.
The CEO has said in the letter that one among the eight candidates “presently attached in the personal section of Chief Secretary, has put forth a representation requesting therein for conduct of type test in his favour”.
The Principal ITI had fixed October 4 for conducting the type test, which was, however, deferred. Principal ITI, Srinagar, Mohammad Ashraf Wani told Kashmir Reader that CEO Srinagar communicated to them to defer the test for now.
Although the test has been deferred for now, the employees who qualified the April test but did not figure in the final list because of being comparatively juniour, smell foul in the DSEK directive “as the official procedure is already over”.
“If 31 of us have qualified the test which is already over, why is the DSEK conducting a new test, that too after six months?” asked an aggrieved employee.
The employee said that all the eight candidates the DSEK was advocating were “seniors to the ten of us who are in waiting list”.
“If they qualify the type test, they will literally kill the avenues of our promotion. If it took one year for our promotion so far, it will take 10 years for my promotion now,” he complained.
An aggrieved employee alleged that the DSEK had not even made public the minutes of the divisional Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting for Kashmir held on September 19.
“We are not sure what they proposed to do in the DPC meeting with ten of us who are in waiting list,” he added. CEO Srinagar Mudassir Kaleem Fazli passed the buck to DSEK.
“The type test and promotions are done by the directorate,” he said.
Director School Education, G N Itoo, however told Kashmir Reader that the employees called for test would be considered for DPC’s “for future”.
“There have been some new creations and those which will be created due to retirements. We thought let them conduct the type test. All of them would be considered in the next DPC,” he said.
Itoo said that only those candidates having qualified the type test on the day the DPC was approved (September 19), would be considered for promotion.