Central Urgent Call for Documentation Verification

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The Jammu and Kashmir government has requested all administrative departments to provide supporting documents by November 15 to establish the authenticity of the appointments of over 990 officials, including two district and sessions judges. The committee, headed by the principal secretary of the finance department, is seeking these documents due to the lack of records for these appointments.

Officials were surprised to find the names of the two judicial officers on the list, as their records were verified by the High Court when they joined the service. The government did not approach the High Court in this matter, even though the initial appointment of judicial officers is made by the government and their records are later maintained by the High Court.

The General Administration Department (GAD) has withheld the salaries of over 990 officials since the launch of JK-HRMS in October 2022, due to the non-availability of their initial appointment orders. The GAD is seeking various supporting documents from different departments to authenticate the appointments of these employees. The highest number of employees affected are from the health and medical education department, followed by other departments.

The supporting documents required by the GAD include the first page of the service book indicating relevant entries about the initial appointment, recommendation of SSB/PSC (in case of direct recruitment), entries in muster roll or allied record regarding payment of wages before regularization (in case of regularized employees), and other relevant documents. These documents must be submitted to the GAD by November 15 for review by the committee.

The JK-HRMS was launched in October 2022 to provide an integrated platform for employee services such as maintaining service records, postings, promotions, GP Fund and income tax statements, as well as monitoring employee performance and property statements. The government has directed all drawing and disbursing officers to disburse salary only to employees who have registered or updated their service details on the JK-HRMS and have been verified by the concerned DDOs.

A senior officer in the UT administration stated that the GAD has received supporting documents for a number of these employees, and the issue regarding the remaining employees will be resolved in the next few days.

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