Of sanctioned 523 regular employees, corporation has just 250, says Managing Director
Srinagar: The functioning of Jammu and Kashmir Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited (SICOP) has got badly affected due to the dearth of manpower in the corporation from past several years.
Sources privy to the development told ‘Precious Kashmir’ that there is about 50 per cent shortage of employees in the corporation and nobody has so far paid heed to fill the vacancies in the corporation.
They said the government is mulling to merge to the corporation due to its losses, but one fails to understand why the existing vacancies have not been filled so far, which according to them is badly affecting the functioning of the corporation.
They said the actual sanctioned strength of regular employees is 523, but the corporation at present has only 250, which amounts to over 50 per cent shortage of manpower.
The officials in SICOP further added that the situation is similar almost in all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Ladakh, adding that there is mostly shortage of Engineers and Xens.
They added the employees who were sent on deputation to SICOP have not been shifted back to their departments due to the continuous shortage of engineers.
Sources further stated that the dearth of manpower is among the main reasons that the corporation is facing immense losses from the past several years. “The losses in the corporation can be prevented only when the required employees will be deputed in the corporation,” they said.
Reliable sources added that most of the employees have not been transferred since long as the corporation has no replacement, adding that it is obvious that the transfers and other required functioning will get hit when the shortage is compelling the administration of the corporation to continue with the officials with their positions for years together.
“The shortage of manpower was never looked into. The issue was raised several times with the higher ups, but nobody paid heed over it,” sources said.
Managing Director, SICOP, Atul Sharma admitted the shortage of the employees in the corporation, saying that there is shortage of nearly 50 per cent of manpower.
However, he added that nearly 300 to 400 daily wagers are working in the corporation, but it was not possible to give them key positions. He asserted that there are only 250 regular employees against the sanctioned strength of 523 regular employees.