Early Times Report
Jammu, Aug 24: Showing thumb to e-governance initiative, atleast 25 percent IAS officers in J&K including some deputy commissioners have concealed their mobile from GAD as well as the department they are serving in so that they can avoid calls from the department as well general public.
Sources in GAD informed Early Times that out 73 IAS officers, 23 have concealed their mobile numbers, for reasons best known to them. "Government is paying mobile bills of officers to rank of secretaries and above, including DCs and SSPs and they have no moral right no to declare their contact details" said an official of the GAD.
They further said that as a circular issued by the Finance Department, the allottees of the Cell Phones should purchase Cell Phone, observing all codal formalities. "If they are enjoying free perks, they should justify it. Several DCs have not declared their mobile numbers on the website of their respective districts", he added.
"Owais Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, Rahul Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Vikas Kundal Deputy Commissioner, Kargil, Ramesh Kumar Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Mohammad Javed Khan, Secretary to the Government, Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports Department and Basharat Saleem, Director of Census Operations/Director of Citizen Registration several other officers have concealed their mobile numbers from GAD's website", they added.
They said that six of out 23 IAS officers are on deputations to Government of India, while rest all in posted in J&K. "Remaining all 17 officers are posted in J&K including DCs and SDMs or on above ranks", they added.