J&K power development department has failed to fill 72 posts of assistant engineers (AEs) created seven years ago for removing stagnation of diploma-holder engineers apart from giving shape to hierarchy at gazetted level despite clearance from general administration department (GAD).
Official documents in possession reveal that state cabinet had in 2011 created 227 posts of AEs by corresponding reduction of equal number of posts of junior engineer-I. Subsequently, the PDD placed 155 available JEs-I as assistant engineers but the remaining slots were not filled.
A group of annoyed engineers appointed in 1988 said 272 posts were also created in I&FC/PHE department (nodal department for implementation of cabinet decision of 2011). “Out of these, 215 posts were utilized for placement of available JE- I candidates while 57 remained vacant due to non-availability of JE-I officials. However, on account of their eligibility for placement as JE-I well before issuance of cabinet decision, senior most diploma engineers were elevated as AEs against leftover posts after getting green signal from the finance department,” as per official document.
Similarly, a source said, 72 AE posts in PDD were not utilized despite repeated assurances by the department to fill these on analogy of I&FC/PHE department. “High level deliberations between then power minister Nirmal Singh in presence of chief secretary and principal secretary PDD and as well and despite clear opinion by general administrative department emphasizing utilization of leftover posts nothing has been done.”
As per directions from then minister it was decided that 72 leftover AE posts in PDD and 29 in mechanical department shall be utilized for placing senior most diploma engineer as in charge AEs in line with procedure already adopted by other engineering departments as these AE posts were created in 2011 just to address stagnation of diploma engineers.