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Neta backing, land mafia, overstaying: Govt admits to rots in Edu Dept

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Srinagar: It is official: the government has for the first time admitted that some employees posted in the higher secondary schools have managed to overstay in Srinagar and Jammu cities because of political backing. 

“Some government officials posted in higher secondary schools managed to overstay for a decade in Srinagar and Jammu cities in league with ex-politicians. They run private tuitions and side businesses. They should be shifted to break their nexus with land mafia and to give them exposure to remote areas!” tweeted Principal Secretary to Government, School Education Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon. 

 

Under the 2010 transfer policy, the minimum tenure of a government employee on a particular post should be two years which can be extended to a maximum of three years. However, some officials and teachers have not been transferred for the last 20 years. 

 “In State Institute of Education (SIE) and District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) the staff is not transferred for years together,” said an official of the education department. 

President of All Department Clerical Staff Association Jeelani Nayak said since 2013 no Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting has been held in Jammu. 

“However, the DPC meeting is being conducted in Kashmir but not regularly. There should be two DPC meetings in a year which is not happening. There is a deficiency of staff in the administration wing. The teaching staff has been posted and they have not been transferred for years together,” he said. 

Nayak said there are 18 vacant posts of sectional officers, 49 vacant posts of head assistants, 86 vacant posts of senior assistants, and 250 vacant posts of junior assistants. 

“In many districts, CEO offices have been created. The offices are run by the deputation staff and headmasters with an additional charge,” he said. 

Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Asgar Hassan Samoon said they will be making a list of teaching and non-teaching staff who are overstaying in violation of transfer policy. “They will be transferred immediately after the threat of pandemic eases out. The transfer policy will also be reviewed regularly,” he said.