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S&E Dept’s promotion committee hasn’t met for years, appointment issue also pending

Srinagar: For the last seven years, the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) of Statistics and Economics(S&E) department has not met, resulting in the cessation of promotions.
As per the sources, the DPC committee met last in 2010 and promoted a few employees.
“As the meeting has not happened, the stagnation is being witnessed in the department .There are a number of employees eligible for promotions. A few employees have overstayed on their positions,” sources said.
Also, the department is yet to verify the certificates of almost 40 junior statistical assistants recruited recently.
“Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSRB) made appointments of around 88 junior statistical assistants. The JKSSRB has asked the department to get the certificates of almost 44 appointees get scrutinise through vigilance,” the source said.
However, after vigilance said they don’t have a mechanism to verify the certificates and asked the S&E department to scrutinise the certificates of its own, the department wrote letters to the colleges including IGNOU and Mumbai University from where the appointees have obtained their certificates.
“Out of 44 appointees, the certificates of around 38 were found to be genuine. The six appointees either received adverse remarks or opted not to join,” the source said.
Subsequently, he said, the candidates from the waiting list were appointed, while departmental examination of all 88 appointees was also conducted.
“However, the department withheld the result of 36 appointees, despite the fact that their certificates were found genuine. The six among 44, whose result was declared, had attained their degrees from either Jammu University (JU) or Kashmir University (KU),” sources said.
“Declaration of the result would pave way for promotions. The junior statistical assistants will be promoted as statistical assistants.”
Dr Riyaz Ahmad Banday, Director General (S&E), said the decision, with regard to holding DPC has to be taken by the government.
However, he said, they have constituted a committee to sort out the issue of appointees whose result has been withheld.
“The committee will be submitting its initial report in a week,” he said.