Daya SagarIn the UT of J&K now as a general rule the conditions of service as laid under S.O 192 (J&K Probationer – Condition of Service Pay & Allowances and Fixation of Tenure Rules 2020) could also apply to even recruitments made for KAS/KPS/ Engrs through PSC unless in a particular case directions for exemption from S.O192 are issued ( Rule- 9 exemption for a certain class /category of post/ service ). Earlier condition of no increment / no allowances during probation period was only for non gazetted post and only those gazetted posts that are particularly included from case to case but now in UT of J&K the condition of no increment / no allowances during probation period is for all post except those gazetted post that are particularly ordered for exclusion from the scope of S.O 192. The payment of pension in the conventional manner as was the practice for those appointed before 2004 ( GOI )/ 2010 ( J&K ) has already been discontinued for new appointees which had already put the youth aspiring for government jobs to great disadvantage since the new system based on “employers contribution” to a Fund nowhere
*A supervisor/junior manager in a PSU retired in 2002 would have got not more than Rs.300000 Lac to 4 Lac out of employer contribution plus interest and had he/she put that in a fixed deposit return would have been then just Rs.2500/ pm even if we take 10 % interest in 2002 which in June 2020 is just 6 % for Sr. citizen ( return to such 2002 retiree in June 2020 will be only Rs.1500/PM. ) ** A senior Officer or PSU Director retiring in 2002-03 would have got not more than Rs.6 to 7 Lac as one time employer contribution with interest , that amount put in FDR then would be getting return of just Rs.3000/pm or so in June 2020 ).Imagine what unfair treatment even IAS officers of 2004 batch are going to get under the new contributory fund scheme replacing erstwhile pension scheme. No doubt those in bureaucracy who have proposed such amendments in service conditions to those heading Political Governments have retained pension for their self.
can match the earlier system of pension.It is painful that governments these days instead of putting checks on mis use of resources collected through taxes/ levies in a democratic set up so as to improve the money use efficiency instead prefer to employ job aspiring youth in govt services by under paying them ( see Table-B) like laying down policies as in SROs 202 (Jammu and Kashmir Special Recruitment Amendment Rules-2015) ,S.O 184(Jammu and Kashmir Appointment to Class-IV Special Recruitment Rules-2020 ) ,S.O 192(Jammu and Kashmir Probationer – Condition of Service Pay and Allowances and Fixation of Tenure Rules 2020), S.O 193 ( 17-02-2020 – Amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Appointment to Class-IV Special Recruitment Rules-2020 – amending S.O 184), S.O 194 ( 17-06-2020 -Jammu and Kashmir Special Recruitment Amendment Rules-2020 – amending SRO-202 ) of UT of J&K and discontinuing the practice of payment of system of Defined Benefit Pension ( see Table-A) and replacing that with a new restructured defined Contribution Pension System for new entrants to Central Government service after 2003 (except to Armed Forces) and imposing additional taxes. But at the same time spending resources simply out of ‘political decisions in shape of pensions of Rs 500 or 1000 per month to those having ‘no’ source of income / free ration to BPL ( definition may not be known to many and many BPL may be found standing liquor shop Qs)/ FREE GAS subsidy stoves etc/ transfer of a few hundred INR in accounts of ‘poor'(allegedly more to exploit the needy &to buy goodwill for the votes at public cost ) without keeping close check on identification /disbursement involving independent vigilance / social organisations; even and spending huge sums on purchase & maintenance of highly priced ( even 10 to 15 Lakh) vehicles / cars for officers / minister / judges where as the requirement could be in general met with low price car like Alto 800 ( less than 3 Lakh).Even if the intentions of the political leadership of the day are fair still unless the norms for BPL like categories are made publicly known to common man and Social some Scheme of Social Audit with the involvement of Social organisations ( not funded by Government) is put in place for welfare schemes like old age pension, widow pension, gas stoves , low value economic support , health subsidies, small grants to farmers the assistances of the type as mentioned herein could be alleged being also not put to fair use at the cost of the taxes paid by common man.Who is the most exploited element of the society where the governments are appointed through a multiparty democratic system ? Surely is the same needy , qualified and unemployed Young in India whose innocence and simplicity is exploited by the political ‘elder’ so cleverly by simply saying Bravo for selflessly carrying political ambitions and programmes of one political / social group or the other. The political ‘elders’ must hence look for reviewing the recruitment rules like S.O 192(Jammu and Kashmir Probationer – Condition of Service Pay and Allowances and Fixation of Tenure Rules 2020), S.O 193 ( 17-02-2020 – Amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Appointment to Class-IV Special Recruitment Rules-2020 – amending S.O 184), S.O 194 ( 17-06-2020 -Jammu and Kashmir Special Recruitment Amendment Rules-2020 – amending SRO-202 ) of UT of J&K; and also consider reinstalling the retirement pension for government employees.
(Daya Sagar is a Sr Journalist & a known analyst of J&K affairs [email protected])
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