Government of Jammu and Kashmir Withholds Salaries of Around 1000 Employees Due to Missing Appointment Orders
Around 1000 employees of different departments of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, including IFS and JKAS officers, are currently without salaries because their initial appointment orders are not available on the Human Resource Management System (JKHRMS).
In an effort to address the issue, the government has directed the concerned Administrative Secretaries to ensure submission of requisite information along with the recommendation within 15 days for scrutiny by a high-level committee. However, the General Administration Department (GAD) has also sent a communication to the concerned Administrative Secretaries to complete the requirements within 15 days.
The order copy states that a committee headed by the Principal Secretary to the Government, Finance Department, will scrutinize and verify the entries recorded in the service books of these employees. After establishing the genuineness and veracity of the employees’ records, the committee will make appropriate recommendations to the concerned Administrative Departments for the release of salaries in their favor.
The delay in the release of salaries has caused significant financial hardship for the affected employees and their families. Many of these employees are struggling to make ends meet and are unable to pay their bills or provide for their basic needs.
The government’s decision to withhold salaries due to missing appointment orders has also raised concerns about the transparency and efficiency of the JKHRMS portal. The portal is designed to streamline the human resource management process for government employees, but the fact that so many employees’ initial appointment orders are not available on the system suggests that there are serious flaws in the system.
The government must take immediate steps to address the issue of missing appointment orders and ensure that all affected employees receive their salaries without further delay. The government must also investigate the flaws in the JKHRMS portal and take steps to improve its efficiency and transparency.