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Constituted before 47 year, SDA without recruitment rules

Srinagar, Jun 4: Forty-seven-years have passed since the Srinagar Development Authority was constituted; it still functions without recruitment rules.
The SDA was constituted on October 31, 1970, under the section 3 of J&K Development Act, 1970. While 47-years down the line, the SDA is working without recruitment rules, resulting in halting in promotions of employees and the recruitment process.
“The SDA has no recruitment rules. In the past, the authorities would promote officials without recruitment rules that have been halted since last year,” insisted not to be named one of the officials of the Housing and Urban Development Department, said.
The official said that authorities have directed the SDA to frame recruitment several times, but to no avail. “It is the responsibility of the SDA authorities to frame recruitment before the government accords it approval. The HUDD had sent several letters to SDA in the last one year to frame the rules but there is no response,” the official said.
Unlike SDA, the official said that Jammu Development Authority has framed its own recruitment rules for the convenience of employees.
Due to lack of recruitment rules, promotion of employees have been halted while neither the employees get the benefit of 7th pay commission. The employees are on strike for the last four days against non framing of recruitment rules.
In August last year, the Departmental Promotion Committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Authority’s Vice Chairman.
The Housing and Urban Development Department had sent Under Secretary from the Civil Secretariat to attend the meeting, following which, the Committee recommended promotions of 25 officials.
However, the HUDD has not given its approval for their promotions. “The HUDD has raised queries over non-framing of recruitment rules. The HUDD authorities said that these officials will not be promoted till the SDA frames its recruitment rules,” an SDA official said.
He said that that HUDD has written to the Authority “several times” to frame recruitment rules. “But the SDA authorities did not pay any heed,” he said.
Sources said Financial Commissioner, HUDD, K B Agarwal, has directed the SDA authorities to frame recruitment rules by first week June when department’s board meeting is going to be held. (KNS)