Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jobs made pensionable illegally

Several Government departments in the state have converted non-pensionable jobs into pensionable for select group of employees by violating the Government orders under which all the Government jobs in the State from 2010 are non-pensionable.

The State Government abolished the pensionable jobs from January 2010 and as per government order any appointment made from 01-01-2010 in any of the Government departments is non-pensionable.

The Finance department of the State issued an order (No. A/36/83-II\128 dated 31-01-2011) under which it was said that the New Defined Contribution Pension Scheme (NPS) will be applicable from 01-01-2010.

Under NPS, the Government employees are not covered under GP Fund Scheme and have to make subscription of 10 percent of their basic pay towards their PRAN number and Government makes equal contribution towards their account.

However, as per the circular (No. A/36/83-II/28 dated 31-01-2011) issued by the Finance Department those Government employees who were already working in the Government sector and were appointed in any other Government department or the same department after 01-01-2010 but have applied for the new job through proper channel are covered under old pensionable scheme.

The circular further said that in case of any violation to the circular by drawing and disbursing officers to the NPS, amount sanctioned unauthorizedly under old pensionable scheme will be recovered from authority that sanctioned it.

Majority of the DDOs in the Technical Education who were appointed after January 2010 are implementing the Old Pension Scheme for themselves in violation of the Government order.

The Government (vide order No. 92 Edu (Tech) of 2010 dated 14-05-2010) appointed 17 Superintendents for the various ITIs in the State after their selection by Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission. As these Government employees were appointed in May 2010 they are not covered under Old Pensionable Scheme and can't make any contribution towards GP Fund.

Majority of these Superintendents who are working as DDOs are not implementing the Government order regarding NPS for themselves. They are unauthorizedly drawing their salaries from the General Revenue of the State under Defined Pension Scheme and make their contributions toward their GP Fund instead of PRAN.

According to reports, none of these Superintendents were working in any of the Government departments at the time of the advertisement of these posts and none of them have applied through proper channel for the selection to these posts.

Those officers violating the Finance department's code regarding NPS include Imran Wajahat Hussain, Superintendent ITI Pattan, Ajaz Majid Kakroo, Superintendent ITI Sopore, Showkat Ahmad Superintendent ITI Handwara.

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