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J&K Admin shifts many employees violating transfer policy

Last Updated on February 13, 2021 at 3:34 pm

The General Administration Department (GAD) has early transferred several employees including Junior/Senior/ Head Assistants and other staff within a time period of one year which is in total violation of its own policies. This move comes while some employees who have been staying for more than a decade have remained untouched because of some unknown reasons.

GAD’s transfer policy states that the minimum tenure of an employee at one station shall be two years and a maximum of three years. However, in the case of category ‘D’ stations, maximum tenure of an employee shall be of 2 years.

Within the last ten months, the GAD has issued numerous transfer orders. One of these orders dated March 2020 mentions transfer of 38 employees of J&K Secretariat (Subordinate) Services. Similarly, another order dated July 2020 transfers postings 70 employees of the members of J&K Secretariat (Subordinate) Services. Another order in February 2021 mentions transferring a total of over one hundred non-gazetted employees of Subordinate services.

Sources mentioned these orders and said that GAD has itself prematurely transferred over two dozen employees. Some of these transferred employees have not even completed one year of their tenure at the posts, while according to the transfer policy, they have to stay there for a minimum of two years.

Sources further said that while some employees are not even allowed to stay at their places for a minimum tenure, two employees in the GAD itself have been allowed to overstay there for the last over one decade. One of these overstaying employees is in GAD for the last more than 13 years while another one is for the last more than 10 years. Sources asked why a uniform transfer policy is not being implemented for all the employees.

An official, while maintaining anonymity, told Early Times that throughout the tenure of elected governments, there were frequent cases of violation of transfer policy and the employees who had close links to power corridors remained stationed at their posts for even decades and those who had no connections would have to suffer frequent transfers. He said that it is quite surprising that GAD is still violating transfer policy.