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Administrative officer IMPARD denied selection grade since 10 years

Last Updated on June 28, 2021 at 6:12 pm

Superannuated administrative officer of Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development (IMPARD), Wali Mohammad Sheikh was promoted in 2005 vide order number 153 of 2005 dated 11-4-2005.

The officer completed his probation and then was eligible for promotion under order number 548 of 2007 dated 6-2-2007.

In April 2011, Sheikh superannuated from the service and at the time of superannuation he had completed five years and nine months of service as administrative officer. He was entitled to selection grade of pay after completing five years of service as administrative officer in terms of SRO 273 dated 16-8-1986.

But it’s been a decade or so since he has not been given such benefit. The administrative officer made different representations so that the benefit was given to him, but it went all in vain.

Surprisingly, Ghulam Mohammad who figured at number three of the common seniority lists of the officers issued vide circular number 531 IMPA of 2006 dated 6-1-2006 was given the benefit of higher selection  grade.

Then Sheikh knocked the doors of the court that came to his rescue but still nothing changed much on the side of IMPARD.

The High Court passed an order on 23-3-2017 and directed the respondents to “accord representation of the petitioner which is pending before them and to pass final orders thereon within a period of six weeks from the date of order.” The order was served upon the office of Director General, IMPARD hoping that an immediate step would be taken but it did not happen that way.

Deputy Director, IMPARD on 5-7-2017 informed Sheikh that his case has been recommended before the sub-committee of the Institute as and when convened, for approval.

Even then no step was taken ahead and Sheikh wrote many applications to higher authority of the institute on 5-1-2018, 11-10-2018 and 27-2-2019 making a plea for justice.

Advocate Abid Malla of the High Court engaged by Sheikh believes that higher authorities of IMPARD did not pay heed to the order of the court and took no action.

The advocate has issued a legal notice to the Director General IMPARD to take up the case of Sheikh on urgent basis. The legal notice was issued on June 14, 2021.