By: Afaq Bhat
Srinagar: The General Administrative Department (GAD) on Thursday issued a circular stating that Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has furnished a report pointing out that transfer norms are being violated.
The circular in possession of Precious Kashmir states: “It has been reported by the Bureau (ACB) that certain officers/officials are continuing at a particular place of posting for years together.”
“The competent authority while perusing the said report of the ACB observed that stays beyond duration permitted in transfer policy should be allowed in exceptional circumstances and directed that all Administrative Secretaries should be asked to obtain list of employees who have a stay of more than five years in first instance and these officials need to be rotated unless there are exceptional circumstances,” the circular stated.
It said, “Accordingly it is impressed upon all the Administrative Secretaries to strictly adhere to the above directions of the Competent Authority for further necessary action in the matter.”
It’s in place to mention here that during the past two years many rules have changed and the government employees have been kept on toes.
“Getting transferred is a part of the government job and the employees have to understand that they cannot remain posted at one place forever. When political regimes were ruling Jammu and Kashmir, the influential employees used to enjoy political patronage and enjoyed privileges but things have changed after J&K’s transition into a Union Territory. Rules have been made stringent so that no one takes his job casually,” said an official.
He said, “After the government amended the service rules and declared that anyone having completed 22-years of service or having attained the age of 48-years can be retired if his performance is not found upto the mark the work culture in the offices has changed drastically. Every employee is trying to keep himself in a safe zone.”
An insider said, “The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) acting swiftly against the employees involved in corruption too has made a huge difference. More and more people are coming forward with complaints and genuine complaints are being acted upon.”
He said, “The circular issued by the government to identify the employees who have been posted at one place for more than 5-years will lead to a massive reshuffle as there are many employees who have not been transferred for a longtime.”