Srinagar, Oct 12: In violation of the rules, several departments have made transfers without the approval from the competent authorities.
In the last few months, several government departments have made transfers without any knowledge from the competent authorities.
Governor administration has taken a serious note for violation of the Transfer Policy and warned of action, forcing a few departments to cancel illegal transfer orders.
The Agriculture Department has cancelled several orders, which were issued “without competent” authorities.
“It is hereby ordered that the government orders, issued/administrative approval conveyed to various directorates of agriculture production department concerning transfers elevations are hereby rescinded as the same have been issued without the approval of the competent authority,” an order issued by Secretary Agriculture Production says.
The Secretary Agriculture Production has cancelled at least 10 transfer orders issued during the month of July and August.
Deputy Secretary Revenue Department has written to Financial Commissioner Revenue, Divisional Commissioners, and Deputy Commissioners that “every transfer shall be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Government business rules and Transfer Policy”.
“Further all proposals relating to powers of transfer, which are presently delegated in the transfer policy at item No I,II, III, IV, and V shall be submitted to Administration Department for decision. It is accordingly, enjoined upon all officers HoDs working under the control of the Revenue Department to ensure that no transfer posting of any officer/official is affected without the approval of the competent authority,” the order says.
The order further reads, “In case any transfer posting has been made after issuance of the said SRO by any officer/authority without approval of the administrative department, the same be furnished to this department for regularization with full justification failing which the concerned officer having effected such transfer/posting shall be personally responsible for action as warranted under rules for willfully floating the government statutory orders.”
Similarly, the General Administration Department has written to Advisors to Governor that every transfer proposal shall be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules and Transfer Policy.
“Further all proposals relating to powers of transfers shall be submitted to Administrative Department for decision by orders of the governor,” the communiqué reads.
As per the Transfer Policy minimum tenure of a government employee on a post should be two years and a maximum of three years.
The policy says that premature transfers shall be made only in unavoidable circumstances.
The GAD has also said that some administrative secretaries “have or are issuing transfer and posting orders of officers and officials at their own level without the approval of the competent authority”.
“This act on the part of such administrative secretaries is not only unbecoming of a senior government functionary but also a stark violation of the provisions,” the order reads.
The GAD has said that all the administrative secretaries have been directed to process alltransfers and postings proposals of officers and officials in light of the provisions contained in SRO-281 and SRO-307 failing which, the concerned administrative secretary will be accountable for consequences.
Not holding simultaneous elections will impact voter turnout in LS polls: Experts
Srinagar, Mar 19: Not holding Assembly and Parliamentary polls together is likely to impact the overall voter turnout in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the valley, claim valley based experts in politics.
This year many new parties have come to the fore and the Centre is likely to enhance its deployment of forces in Kashmir to ensure “violence free elections.”
However with spontaneous disturbance across the valley coupled with delaying of the Assembly elections by the Centre, the experts claim a major proportion of the people are likely to keep away from casting their votes.
“Parliamentary election in Kashmir usually invite low voter turnout. Had it been both Lok Sabha and General Assembly elections held together in the state the voter turnout could be expected higher. As of now, we don’t see chances of any major turn out in voting ahead especially in Kashmir,” said Prof Gul Muhammad Wani who teaches Political Science at Kashmir University.
Wani expressed doubt over the participation of newly formed parties in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
“I am not sure if these smaller parties will field their candidates. Even if their leaders file nomination, people won’t vote for them in huge proportion compared to the two main political parties of Kashmir (NC and PDP),” Wani said.
“Many parties will use this election to mobilise people for the upcoming assembly elections,” he said.
In 2014 LS polls, 49.7 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Jammu and Kashmir. Barring Jammu, people mostly in Kashmir prefer to choose boycott over ballot as only 11.46% voter turnout was recorded in summer capital.
In 2017 by-polls, the turnout in Srinagar dipped further to only seven percent as violence and killing gripped the valley on poll day.
Prof Noor Ahmad Baba, another expert in politics, claims the parliamentary elections in Kashmir won’t be a “bigger affair” as he believes that there are less “reaction” votes from the valley.
“In other states people vote to express their dissent, which is not in case of Kashmir. Some people will vote here positively. The turnout is expected to be higher in Assembly polls ahead,” he said.
Prof Baba said the emergence of new parties too won’t woo many people to cast their vote for them.
“These new parties won’t have much impact immediately. Sajad Lone has no appeal outside Baramulla and Shah Faesal too can’t make a bigger difference. However, if NC and Congress form an alliance then some may come out to vote,” he said.
Slow repair work halts cross-LoC trade in Uri
Traders fear losses in crores
Srinagar, Mar 19: The Cross-LoC trade in Uri has hugely suffered due to snail-paced repair work on the Kamaan Post Bridge, traders rued on Tuesday.
As per them, around 116 trucks are stuck at Uri road in north Kashmir while 24 others are stranded at Traders Federation Center Salamabad. The stranded trucks are carrying delicate items including fruits and vegetables which cannot be preserved for long course of time.
Aggrieved over the losses, the Cross-LoC Traders Association claimed that the delicate goods in stranded trucks have been damaged due to the delay.
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Hilal Turki, chairman, Cross-LoC Traders’ Association, said the items in the trucks have almost “perished” as around two weeks have passed since the repairing work started.
“The losses might be in crores as there are 140 trucks stranded. We have written to the Director General of Police to seek the intervention for speedy repairing of the bridge,” he said.
In a letter to government authorities, the association stated: “Our traders mostly deal with fresh items and the value of those items is in millions of rupees, here we would like to bring in your kind notice that most of the products come from all over the country and as such our loaded fresh trucks remain in transit for a week or more due to this uncomfortable situation our traders are desperately waiting for speedy repairing of Kamaan Pull so that heavy losses can be saved.”
Earlier on March 9, police communicated to the concern authorities that due to the sustained use of Kaman Aman Setu for cross-LoC trade for a long period, the bridge has suffered some damages which requires immediate repair to prevent further deportation.
“Inspection of the bridge was carried out on March 8, 2019, which indicated that the bridge needs urgent repairs and maintenance to ensure its longevity. The repair would require minimum 10-15 days,” he said.
However, around two weeks after, the repair work is still on at a very slow pace.
Riyaz Malik, SDM, Uri told The Kashmir Monitor that the resurfacing work in Kamaan Post bridge is going on. “Trade is suspended since then as work is going on and it will take 10-15 more days to allow traffic on the bridge. We have advised the traders to get the items down some where in Srinagar,” Riyaz said.
Cross-LoC trade and the bus service between India and Pakistan were suspended last month too, in backdrop of the Pulwama suicide attack in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed.
Centre misusing NIA to target Kashmiris: Soz
Srinagar, Mar 19: Alleging that Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre was misusing National Investigation Agency (NIA) to target Kashmiris, senior Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said this will be useless and counter-productive.
The former union minister supported chairman of Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who has asked NIA to question him in Srinagar as he cannot travel Delhi for security reasons.
In a statement here this afternoon, Prof Soz said, “I give credence to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s stand that he should be questioned anywhere in Srinagar and not asked to travel to NIA headquarters in Delhi”.
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