From five years to two years: Law Comm recommends slashing employees’ probation period
Srinagar, Nov 18:
Newly appointed government employees have a reason to rejoice as Jammu
and Kashmir Law Commission has recommended reduction in probation period from
existing five years to two years.
PDP-BJP government headed by the then chief minister late
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2015 had rolled out a recruitment policy wherein it
was decided that the new employees will have to complete five year probation
period before being regularized.
Under this policy, which was also known as SRO-202, a new
recruit was entitled for full salary and grade only after he or she completes
five-year probation period.
The policy however stirred a hornet’s nest with Law
Commission recommending two year probation period instead of five.
“Five-year appears to be disproportionate and supernatural.
An employee cannot be asked to wend a tortuous journey tottering, or rather,
doddering his/her way to register his/her claim for the completion of the
period of his probation after a great deal and lull of five years,” read the
Law Commission report, which has been submitted to Chief Secretary B V R
“The ruling elite of the erstwhile state of Jammu and
Kashmir lived a life which even Vikramaditiyas and the Mughals would not have
dreamed of. They made room for keeping palatial government houses at their
disposal with modern facilities till such time that they live and to the
contrary they kept the sword of Damocles hanging high on the heads of this set
of employees,” the Commission added.
Slamming PDP-BJP government for formulation of job policy,
the Commission said the taxable income of this ruling class all by itself had
to be borne by the state exchequer in addition to a host of other amenities and
facilities provided to them at the cost of the tax payers’ money. “These
helpless employees who would hardly be making their both ends meet had the
perks provided to them have been held in a leash,” it said.
Several commissions have been dissolved after state’s
bifurcation into two commissions. However, Law Commission has not been touched
by the new dispensation.
“Law Commission was
framed under an executive order issued by the Cabinet and can recommend for
changes in existing laws,” said Anchal Sethi, Secretary Law Department.