Kashmir Indepth

Ahead of Darbar Move, SAC meeting likely next week

Srinagar, Oct 20 (KINS):  Ahead of shifting of Darbar offices from Srinagar to Jammu, The State Administrative Council (SAC) is likely to meet next week to take a final call on several issues besides some transfers in the civil administration.

Sources within the corridors of power said that many important policy decisions are likely to be taken at the meeting before the shifting of the Durbar offices from Srinagar to Jammu for the next six months. “The meeting is to take several decisions with regard to streamlining of the functioning of civil administration, which may entail several transfers and postings,” sources maintained.

Official sources said that authorities have been directed to promptly submit proposals before the SAC meeting about pending administrative issues of their respective departments with the prior approval of the Advisor Incharge.

The Governor is the Chairman of the Administrative Council while his Advisors are Members.

Sources said that thought before the start of Urban Local body elections in the state, the SAC headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik had ordered a major reshuffle in the civil and police administration, but there were complaints that several officials do not serve the general public properly and because of which the public is suffering.

Sources said that there were also complaints that there are some blue eyed officers who are working in the same department from so many years. “The governor now has directed the authorities to provide the service records of these officials,” sources said and added that during the meeting these officials are also likely to be transferred.

Sources said that the SAC will also discuss the prevailing situation of the Jammu and Kashmir.

Using their bureaucratic influence, it has been observed that a good section of government officers have crossed the maximum staying period and because of help from “influential persons” nobody was daring to transfer these employees.

Sources said though the government several times had ordered a massive reshuffle in the administration, but most of the overstaying, officers, officials managed to keep themselves away from the transfer.

Sources said that these overstaying officers, officials have created a “culture of corruption” in the departments.

As per the transfer policy, minimum tenure of a government employee on a post should be two years and a maximum of three years.

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