Recruitment Policy Row- Mufti Vohra discord intensifies


Jammu and Kashmir News

Governor NN Vohra has refused to accept the panel named by the cabinet for Public Service Commission (PSC) which has been defunct since November last year. Vohra has also raised queries over the policy decisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet and that has also not gone down well with the state government. In a board meeting held recently, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has expressed displeasure over Governor’s recent queries over the policy decisions taken by the government.

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that the policy of his government would have served the needs of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He expressed surprise over the Governor’s decision to send the ordinance back, as told by a senior official present in the meeting.

The new recruitment policy that was formed in April would have encouraged doctors to work in their own districts instead of moving to Srinagar and Jammu. The Cabinet too had forwarded the Jammu and Kashmir Special Recruitment Ordinance to the Governor after approval and the Governor returned the ordinance on April 24 raising queries. The government argued that the ordinance would have triggered fast paced the appointments against gazette and non gazette vacancies on contractual basis at the district level. The policy was also expected to fill vacancies, including those of assistant surgeons, lecturers and teachers.

Previously in March, Vohra had rejected the previous Omar Abdullah led National Conference government’s recommendation for the appointment of chairman and members of the PSC while citing “inadequate credentials of several candidates and also the fact that no process of selection had been followed.” Two months after, in May, the Cabinet proposed new PSC Chairman along with eight members.

On June 28, it was sent to the Governor who returned it two days later with queries about some members. After government’s response the Governor gave nod for the appointments .

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