Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
SRINAGAR: Breaching all service rules and regulations, promoters of a blue-eyed boy in the junior Judicial Service have devised a plan to absorb him as Special Secretary to Government through backdoor while bypassing even the Cabinet in Jammu and Kashmir.
Official communications accessed by STATE TIMES make it clear that the blue-eyed boy, who is still a Munsif in the junior judicial service and has been on unlimited deputation in Administrative service since 2005, is being absorbed as Special Secretary in Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs with effect from 2005. This will make him senior to dozens of the Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officers of 1999 batch as also to IAS officers of 2006 batch.
Most of the KAS officers of 1999 to 2006 batches are still in Pay Scale of Rs 15600-Rs 39100 and Grade Pay of Rs 7600 (unrevised). Similarly a number of IAS officers working as Deputy Commissioners, Managing Directors and Special Secretary to Government are still in Junior Administrative Grade (15600-39100 GP 7600).
The blue-eyed boy Munsif is sought to be absorbed in administrative service with effect from his first day on deputation in 2005 as Assistant Legal Remembrancer, equivalent to Under Secretary to Government. This way of absorption with retrospective effect can help him steal a march over scores of senior KAS and IAS officers and make him eligible for induction into technical quota of IAS.
According to highly placed bureaucratic sources, promoters of the Munsif have taciturnly paved the way for his backdoor absorption and they are simply waiting for Law Minister Basharat Bukhari to return from New Delhi. “This surreptitious exercise is being conducted while bypassing even the Cabinet”, said a bureaucratic source. He claimed that normally even the Cabinet had no authority to bend rules for a lateral appointment or someone’s absorption against the post of Special Secretary to Government.
STATE TIMES is in possession of a trail of communication including an “Unofficial” letter (No: LD(Est)/2005/P-MA Dated 4-6-2018) from Law Secretary to Commissioner-Secretary General Administration Department seeking the judge’s absorption as Special Secretary. Letter No: GAD (Ser) Gen/40/2006-11 Dated 7-6-2018 from Secretary GAD to Law Secretary conveys “approval” for the judge’s absorption without Cabinet’s approval but with “concurrence of Finance Department”.
“It is further requested to bring the matter before the Cabinet for ratification/confirmation of the action taken”, reads the letter from Deputy Secretary GAD Reyaz Ahmad Wani to Law Secretary Abdul Majeed Bhat . It makes clear that the Munsif would be absorbed as Special Secretary in Junior Administrative Grade even before Cabinet’s consideration and approval.
Officials at J&K State Public Service Commission maintained that this kind of a practice was “backdoor appointment” and they were not aware of any such development even as inductions into administrative service were subject to approval from PSC.
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