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J&K administration orders constitution of Review Committees to punish inefficient officials

Last Updated on January 23, 2021 at 3:26 pm

Jammu and Kashmir administration is all set to punish non-performing officials in the government. It has asked all the Administrative Departments to immediately arrange meetings of the Review Committees and analyze performances of all the employees considering Article 226(2) of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service Regulations, 1956.

Article 226 (2) states that officials will have to compulsorily retire after completion of 22 years of qualifying service or when their age crosses 48. The government has asked to review all the cases who fall in this provision.

One Review Committee is constituted to review the cases of officers holding Grade of Under Secretary and above. This committee will be headed by Financial Commissioner, Finance Department and comprising Administrative Secretaries of five departments and Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor.

For all the 39 Administrative Departments, Review Committees have been constituted to review the cases of Non-Gazetted officials. These committees will be headed by Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner of Finance Department, Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department and Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary Home Department.

Recently, there was a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam. This issue of implenting Article 226 (2) of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service Regulations, 1956 came up in that meeting. It was decided in the meeting that General Administration Department has organized Review Committees for reviewing employees belonging to every Administrative Department.

Article 226 (2) states that a register should be maintained recording age details of the Government servants, who are yet to reach the age of 48 years or to complete 22 years of service. This register has to be maintained by the Administrative Department and Review Committees will observe this register at the beginning of every year.

Article 226 (2) also mentions that the Government employees can be recommended for compulsory retirement by the Review Committees if they find their integrity suspicious. Other reasons for this recommendation could be if they are found to be ineffective in work for which they are employed. Review Committees when reviewing a government employee can check all relevant portions of the entire service record and then decide if that person should be recommended to retire or not.