Srinagar, Feb 11: The General Administration Department might be framing policies for governance, but is itself violating the norms in the state.
This could be gauged from the fact that atleast 10 officials in the GAD have not been transferred since years. The overstaying of officials in the GAD is in violation of the JK’s Transfer Policy. As per the Transfer Policy minimum tenure of a government employee on a post should be two years and a maximum of three years. However, the policy has not been implemented in the GAD, which has to manage the entire administration in the state.
Official sources said that most of the employees have been “overstaying” in every section of the GAD, which is nerve centre in the state administration. “Some officials are working here for the last over a decade,” an official of the GAD, said.
Special Secretary to Chief Secretary, according to sources has been staying in the GAD for the last over a decade. Similarly, Additional Secretary of services section (IAS, KAS,) of the GAD has not been transferred for the last around eight years.
Sources said that Additional Secretary (Administration, Establishment, Pvt Secretaries both Secretariat & HoD Cadre/Administrative Officers) is staying in the GAD for the last around 10 years.
Additional Secretary (Cabinet Coordination) has not been transferred from the GAD since 2001. However, he was on deputation to PSC for a brief period, sources said.
Another Additional Secretary is too staying here for the last over seven years.
Officials say in every section of the department, the “influential” officials are overstaying, which functions directly under Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
“In cabinet section, most officials are working for the last over a decade,” the official said.
There are several other officials who got promotions while their posting in the GAD.
“Several officials in the department are connected with bureaucrats and politicians. Whenever there is a talk of their transfer, they exert pressure and escape the transfer,” the official said. (KNS)