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Babu, Rulebook and 'due procedure'
11/24/2017 11:29:51 PM

Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Nov 24: In the past few days, an IAS official posted two statements on social media where he was critical of recent Government order for assigning charge of Mission Director, Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) to a Child Protection specialist.
Interestingly, he expressed his support to the new proposal mooted at Government of India level regarding the lateral entry of subject specialists in IAS. His posts drew flak for not only being politically motivated but also biased on several grounds.
The celebrated IAS officer who has the tendency to fall into controversies especially in public discussions, believes that the idea of bringing subject specialist is always welcome. For the reasons known to him only he thinks, a bureaucrat will be the last person to not to like the lateral entry system in IAS.
A general perception is quite opposite. Certainly the subject specialists bring quality in pubic services which can be sustained over a long period of time and can trigger a real change. This is already done in several domains like engineering and medical field where the bureaucrats are subordinate to the technocrats at implementation level.
The UPSC proposal to have lateral entry of subject experts in coveted IAS is almost aiming at giving the higher positions to the subject experts rather than offering them positions at implementation level.
"The J&K Public Service Commission should come up with similar proposal for wider discussion before it is adopted in state and brings a fresh lease of life to the way public service is administered. No doubt, there will be resistance that will come from the quarters who will see this as an attempt to what they call eroding the credibility of 'merit.' There is a need for a debate for which a right time arrive sometimes in the future," a professor at University of Kashmir said.
The IAS officer used non compliance to 'due procedure' as key reason for GAD decision on removing subject specialist, Hilal Bhat barley after he remained in office for 17 days. He was replaced by a local administrative officer who rightly jumped to join immediately as it was a promotion for her. The question that needs to be delved here is what constitutes a 'due procedure.'
Is it what the GAD secretary reported through the media that 'all HODs are posted by GAD' not the departments or some other thing which the official does not make clear. In another post he says the post should have been advertised. It is important to understand here that there is double standard which GAD or the official are indicating. What constitutes a due procedure has to be drawn from relevant rulebooks which for sure many people including the official may not have even seen in this case.
Not even the Publicity Secretary of KAS association might have seen this keeping in view his press statement hailing the government decision. For greater public awareness and transparency in this case, it is pertinent to mention that the appointment of Mission Director of ICPS is governed by the by-laws of State Child Protection Society constituted under a GAD order. There are clauses that make the Chairman of Governing Council of Society competent to deem any matter of urgent nature and take a decision with regards to that matter.
Chairman of the Governing Committee in this case is Sajad Gani Lone by virtue of Cabinet Minister of concerned department. These laws stand vetted by GAD, LAW and Finance Department and are registered with the Registrar of Societies. Although the Minister by virtue of due procedure articulate clearly in bylaws and endorsed by GAD, LAW and Finance, was not required to obtain the approval from GAD, Finance and Chief Minister.
The Minister did this keeping in view the sanctity of these offices who legitimately sanctioned approval for engaging a mission director form open-market. There have been many backdoor entries devoid or unknown of the 'due procedures' adopted for engagement of people in various other offices especially in Chief Minister's Grievance Cell, J&K Sports Council, Skill Development Mission and many others.
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