Nearly a month before its fall, the previous PDP-BJP government had cleared a proposal for engaging 20,000 school guards for the “safety” of educational institutions in the State. But, the Governor’s administration has put the proposal on hold till further review.
On May 11, the state cabinet headed by then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had approved the engagement of 20,000 watch and ward staff in the school education department.
As per the proposal, 10,000 watch and ward staff were to be recruited in the current financial year and an equal number in the next financial year. The recruitment process was to be conducted by the district level committees.
However, after imposition of Governor’s rule in J&K, the proposal has been put on hold.
“Engagement of 20,000 school guards in government schools to be put on hold till further review and no appointments may be made against these posts till further orders,” general administration department has conveyed to the school education department.
Following the GAD directive, the school education department has directed all the chief education officers to put the engagement process in abeyance.
When contacted, secretary, school education department, Rigzin Samphel said he was not aware about the issue. “I have recently taken over the charge of the department,” he said.
Sources said several other proposals cleared by the previous elected government “are being examined by the Governor’s administration due to various lacunas and financial constraints of the state.”
As already reported by this newspaper, the Governor’s administration has sought details of all the orders issued in recent past by some departments/HoDs at their own level without the approval of the cabinet or concurrence of the finance department.