In a significant decision the State Government Sunday announced that a new recruitment policy has been formulated to make appointment against gazetted and non-gazetted vacancies on contractual basis. However, the decision won’t be applicable to the posts that already stand referred to the recruiting agencies for making selections.
Announcing the decision taken by the State Cabinet, Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar said at a press conference that the persons appointed on contractual basis under the new recruitment policy would be regularised after putting in 7 years of satisfactory service.
He said the decision would help the government to fill the vacancies of Assistant Surgeons, Lecturers and Teachers from amongst the local human resource at the district level and the selected persons shall have to work in the said area during the term of their contractual engagement. This will help the government to cope up with the manpower shortage in these crucial sectors in the remote and far-flung areas of the State.
Akhtar said the policy paper for making contractual appointments at the district level envisages a transparent and merit-based fast-track process of selection for filling up key posts at the cutting edge level to tone up the delivery of public services.
He said to facilitate operationalization of the new recruitment policy at the earliest, Jammu and Kashmir Special Recruitment Ordinance-2015 was approved by the Cabinet which would now be submitted to the Governor for issuing the Ordinance.
Enumerating the broader parameters of the draft J&K Special Recruitment Ordinance, 2015,Akhtar said it authorizes the Government to exempt certain posts or class of posts from the purview of the J&K Public service Commission and the Services Selection Board.
“It empowers the Government to lay down a policy for making appointments against the notified posts on regular/contractual basis in the prescribed manner.
It empowers the Government to prescribe the mode of selection for such notified posts.
It provides regularization of the persons, appointed on contractual basis on the completion of seven years of continuous contractual service.
It lays down constitution of an ‘Empowered Committee’ in the Finance Department for considering the cases of contractual appointees’ eligible for regulation and for making recommendations in this regard.”
The proposed legislation provides for repeal of the J&K Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act, 2010, with a saving provision in order to protect the regularization of adhoc, contractual, consolidated and temporary appointees who are eligible for such regularization under that Act.
The proposed Ordinance provides that the posts which have already been referred to the designated recruiting agencies, viz. the J&K Public Service Commission and the Services Selection Board, shall, however, be filled up by the concerned recruiting agencies by following the existing procedure of making selections.
The proposed legislation provides that some categories of posts which are to be filled up through the competitive examination like the J&K Civil Services (Judicial) and J&K Administrative Services, to be conducted by the J&K Public Service Commission, shall be exempted from the application of the proposed Ordinance.