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ZEOs defy CEO's order, refuse to release TA of employees
1/16/2021 11:24:10 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 16: Zonal Education Officers of several zones have defied the order of the Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kathua to release the Travelling Allowance (TA) of employees falling in their jurisdiction.
Though as per precedence in the government functioning, the subordinate staff has to oblige the orders of seniors to smoothly run the administrative machinery but by openly defying the circular, a peculiar situation has erupted in the system in which employees have been denied their genuine rights.
As per documents available with Early Times, the CEO Kathua had issued a circular vide no CEOK/24584, dated 31st of December 2020, which reads, "All DDO's are hereby directed to settle the issue regarding grant of Transport Allowance (TA) to the employees of Union Territory of J&K in light of the Govt. Order no. 472-of 2019 dated 28/11/2019.
Employees including Teachers, Masters and other allied staff of the School Education department informed Early Times that though the class-work in schools has not been going on but they have been assigned other duties.
"Many teachers, masters and other staff have been deputed for Corona duties, while the employees of the School Education department were also deputed for election duties. Moreover the teaching staff of the schools have to visit the schools for mid-day meal works, go for door-to-door campaign as well as other clerical works but they have not been getting TA", employees said, adding that after their repeated requests that the CEO had issued the circular directing all the DDO's to release the TA.
They also informed that when they visited the office of ZEOs, they refused to oblige the same circular. "One ZEO claimed that the CEO had issued an old circular with some corrections. He openly said that he would not release the TA, despite the fact that TA is a genuine right of the employees and it is given by the government and not by the ZEO's from their personal salary but despite that they have been denying the same", the teachers said.
They further informed that ZEOs of several zones including Barnoti, Bhaddu beside others have not been releasing the TA of employees despite a circular issued by the CEO. Some of the ZEOs have been releasing the TA only to those employees, who were deputed for CORONA duties but the circular is issued for all, employees said.
"Action must be initiated against these officers for dereliction of duties", the teachers said, adding that it was the genuine share of the employees and ZEO's could not deny the same as per their whims and fancies.
CEO Kathua Jagjeet Singh said that if some of the ZEO refuse to follow the circular then he/she should give it in writing and he would forward the same to the higher authorities for further action.
On being asked if he has received any complaint about the ZEOs, Singh said that so far he has not received any complaint and if the teachers have been facing such problems, they should give a representation to him.
Zeo Barnoti Girdari Lal said that the Ceo has not issued any new circular but forwarded an old circular. He further said that employees were not paid TA as the schools were closed and when the schools would be opened same would be given to them. On being asked about employees on corona duties he said that their TA was released.
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