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JEs call shots in R&B department with seniors being rendered 'irrelevant'
10/25/2017 10:39:22 PM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Oct 25: Nothing seems to be heading in the right direction in the Roads & Buildings (R&B) department. The department is in news once again and this time too the reason is wrong.
Sources told Early Times that senior engineers working in the department are being denied posting in important sub-divisions in the state. On the other hand the junior engineers are holding key positions in these sub-divisions. This is despite the fact that the junior engineers have very less experience in the field.
"Ideally the senior engineers are given important assignments and are posted on important positions in the department. Same parameters should have been applied in the R&B department but that is not the case. In the R&B department the junior engineers are entrusted with important responsibilities with the senior engineers being relegated to the back bench," said sources.
Sources said that some of the senior engineers in the R&B department have been posted in lesser wings like Rural Engineering Wing (REW) and others. These wings fall outside the ambit of R&B department and placing senior engineers there is equivalent to insulting the senior professionals in the field of engineering.
"There are engineers who are posted at a particular place for six years and they have not been touched so far. On the other side there are engineers who are transferred from one place to another in no matter of time. In other words we can say that match fixing is going on in the R&B department with regard to the transfer of engineers," said sources.
Sources said that some of the Assistant Executive Engineers (AEEs) in the R&B department have managed to stay their transfer on flimsy ground while seeking relief from the judiciary. There are many other engineers who settle the 'deal' within themselves and never join the new place of posting.
"Irony is that the transfer orders are issued by the concerned officers and no follow up action is taken. Nobody bothers to check whether the officials transferred have joined their new place of posting or not. In such a situation the transfer orders are reduced to a mere piece of paper with very few transfers taking place at the end of the day," said sources.
Sources said that although the senior engineers represented their point before the higher ups of the department no action whatsoever has been taken so far. These engineers have demanded that they should be placed in the sub-divisions so that they discharge their duties in a more professional manner to the best of their abilities.
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