Despite clearance, SSA employees wait for regularization

Srinagar: Despite approval by the Jammu and Kashmir government seven years ago, the school education department is yet to regularise over two hundred contractual employees recruited under the erstwhile Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme.
About 210 employees were recruited from time-to-time under SSA. They worked on the posts of System Analyst, Programmer, Assistant Programmer, Accountant, Computer Assistant, Data Entry Operators and others.
In 2012, the then government ordered placement of the contractual employees of SSA against newly created posts of junior assistants and laboratory attendants.
However, a year later, the department reserved equal number of posts of junior assistants and lab attendants and also constituted a high level internal committee for specific recommendations in this regard.
The panel, which was set up to examine the issue of regularization of the contractual employees in accordance with the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act 2010, recommended regularization of 139 employees, who had completed more than seven years service as on October 1, 2013. The remaining 71 officials were to be regularized once they completed the term.
As per the minutes of meeting of the committee members, the employees had been appointed against duly sanctioned posts. They had shown the requisite qualification for the posts at the time of their appointment.
It said they had written to the department had in “not to refer 193 Junior Assistant posts and 20 Class IV posts as the same have been kept reserved”.
However, almost a decade down the line, the SED has failed to regularise the said employees putting their careers at stake, they said.
The aggrieved employees told Kashmir Reader that most of them had already crossed the upper age limit prescribed for recruitment in the government departments.
“Under these circumstances, we have no other alternative other than adjustment against the newly created posts,” they pleaded.
The employees questioned what was stopping the government from regularizing them even as thousands of ReTs had been regularised by the SED under the Teacher Grade II besides the KGBV teachers, who were regularised by the department in 2016. More than forty thousand Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers recruited under the SSA were regularised recently by the department in one go.
“We are quite eager that the government decision is implemented on ground as early as possible so that we are relieved of the mental agony which we are subjected to on this account,” they said.
Secretary School Education Department, Sarita Chauhan could not be contacted for comments

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