Anti-Deadwood Drive: Cleansing Of Admin Begins, 13 Officers Shown Door

Anti-Deadwood Drive: Cleansing Of Admin Begins, 13 Officers Shown Door

14 February 2012
Rising Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: In a first move of its kind to remove deadwood from administration, the government Tuesday ordered premature retirement of 13 officials, adding that more action will follow to streamline the system. The decision is based on the recommendations of the high-level committee chaired by Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal. At least five top officers will also face music while the process of removing the “undesirable” officers will speed up as the chief secretary has directed heads of all departments to review the performance of officers regularly. Interestingly, the chief secretary has directed the administrative secretaries of departments to review the disciplinary misconduct of the officers as well besides their work performance. “We have removed at least 13 undesirable officers of various departments that include PHE, PWD, Education, Finance, Power Development, Forest and Rural Development Departments,” Lal told Rising Kashmir. “There were concrete cases of accepting bribe against these officers.” The officers, who have been removed, include Surinder Singh, Executive Engineer, ERA; Farooq Ahmad Khoru, Executive Engineer, Irrigation Division Sumbal; Noor Mohammad Bhat DFO, Planning & Publicity division Srinagar; Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, AEE Phalgam Development Authority, Pahlgam; Khursheed Anwar Shah AEE PMGSY, Ganderbal; Aijaz Ahmad Kirmani AEE, J&K Police Housing Corporation Srinagar; Shaheen Akhter , Head Master, High School, Kallar, Rajouri; Madan Lal Head Draftsman, Electric Division Jammu. Parshotam Lal JE, attached with Director, Rural Development, Jammu, Vachitter Singh, Lineman posted at EM&RE Division-I Parade Jammu, Gulzari Lal, Technician-III, EM&RE Division-III, Jammu , Shama Bakshi the then Assistant Compiler, GP Fund Office, Gangyal, presently attached in the office of Joint Director Funds, Jammu , Subash Chander Raina , Accounts Assistant, Joint Director, Accounts &Treasuries, Jammu. The chief secretary said the process of removing the deadwood has to go on; “otherwise the system can’t be streamlined the way it should be”. Lal, who heads the standard committee mandated to identify the deadwood, added that more action was in the pipeline. The other members of the committee are Principal Secretary Home, B R Sharma and Commissioner GAD Sheikh Mushtaq. The committee was constituted in May 2010. However, it could not recommend any action sensing “departmental rebellion”. “At least five top officers will be axed soon,” Lal said, adding that he has passed strict directions to the administrative secretaries of various departments to review performance of officers working under them. “I have directed them not to leave everything to Chief Secretary and to act themselves as well. Heads of various departments should not pass the buck to the chief secretary all the time,” he said. Lal said the HoDs should prepare the list of “undesirable” officers after each quarter. “They should review the disciplinary misconduct of officers as well. The process should not be confined to chief secretary but to the concerned ministers and the chief minister as well,” he said. The chief secretary said the officers who would be found involved in the disciplinary misconduct should face severe punishment. “There has to be periodic reviews.” He said the main aim of the government was to prompt the departments gear up and to come up to the expectations of people. The standard committee, sources said, had been directed by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah to look into the cases of graft against the officers. Sources said the move has set alarm bells ringing in various departments.