Overstaying officials rule the roost in PSUs, GAD unmoved


Srinagar, Dec 5: The overstaying officials and officers in the state owned corporations belie the claims of state government of pursuing austere transfer policy in departments.
“There are officers in some corporations who have completed decades at one place, as there appears to be no sincere transfer policy,” said sources.
They said every now and then government talks about bringing transparency and accountability in government departments, but the ground reality is that no one actually cares.
The sources further revealed that there are certain officers in the PSU’s those who have been appointed in one unit office, have been bestowed with number of the promotions, are now heading the same unit for the last fifteen years. The list of the officer is in the possession of a news agency.
Even the head of the PSUs who mange the corporations are overstaying as managing Directors for over five years now, sources maintained.
These all overstaying officers are enjoying the patronage of top babus. “The issue of overstaying is well in the knowledge of the government, but nothing is being done in this regard, said one of the social activists.
Sources said that even the promotions have been granted to many officials, while during the period they have overstayed at one place of posting.
Meanwhile sources said that hundreds of employees of clerical staff have been over staying for years in offices of various government departments.
Sources said that hundreds of employees have not been transferred for the last seven to ten years from various offices. “These employees are over staying at various places on the political and bureaucratic influence,” an official of the General Administration Department, said.
The official said that most of the over staying clerical staff has been found in Health and Medical Education Department, Education Department, PHE, and various corporations.
Sources said that overstaying of officials also tantamount a loss to the state exchequer, when such employees draw their salaries without practically doing any work.
This is also a violation of the transfer policy. Sources said that government departments are violating the transfer policy by retaining officials more than two years. “Scores of employees in various departments have not been transferred for years. They don’t want to get transferred from these places,” an official said.
As per government’s official transfer policy of 2010 all the employees having more than two years of stay at a particular place shall be transferred.
However, various departments have not been following the transfer policy either by premature transfer of officials or retaining employees for years at a specific post, official sources said.
Sources said that premature transfers have been common in most of the government departments.
The government has issued several directives to department in the last one year to adhere the transfer policy. “The Health, Education, Rural Development, Social Welfare, Housing and Urban Developments have not followed the transfer policy,” an official of the General Administration Department, said.
The authorities at the Rural Development Department issued an order in May this year that many of the officers are serving for longer duration in the districts.
“It has been observed that the district level officers don’t follow the instructions of transfer policy circulated by the General Administration Department under government order no 861-GAD of 2010 dated 28 July 2010 wherein it has been ordered that all the employees having more than two years of stay at a particular place shall be transferred,’’ the order reads.
Earlier, the government had sought the list of overstaying employees. An order was also issued in which it was mandatory for health department officials to serve in rural areas for strengthening of health centres in far-flung areas in the state.
The order was not implemented on the ground after most of the employees opposed the move, and were willing to serve only in district hospitals and various hospitals in Srinagar and Jammu. (KNS)