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Regularize services of CIC operators working in RDD: Tarigami

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Srinagar: CPI(M) leader, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, has asked the government to regularize the CIC operators working in Rural Development Department.

In  a statement issued here, Tarigami said: “More than 172 CIC operators working in Rural Development Department, on contractual basis since 2004, have been waiting for regularization of their services despite being appointed on merit basis through proper recruitment procedure.”

“It is unfortunate that these highly qualified youth having MCA, M. Tech, MSc IT, B.E, B. Tech are facing a lot of hardships to feed their families as they are being paid meagre wages of Rs 10, 000 per month even after putting 17 years of their life to serve the department,” he said.

“These operators had been appointed on merit basis through proper recruitment procedure by District Level Committees constituted by the government of J&K headed by Deputy Commissioners of concerned Districts in 2004. After a decade in 2014, the government passed a cabinet order to formulate a proposal for their regularizations following which in 2016 through a cabinet decision 172 data entry operators posts were created for their regularization,” said the CPI(M) leader.

“It is unfortunate that the file for the regularization of these CIC operators lying with the General Administration Department (GAD) has been recently returned to the Rural Development Department (RDD) asking it to put the cases of regularization of 172 CIC operators before the Government’s Establishment cum Selection Committee (ESC) for the fourth time since 2017,” he said.

“Most of these operators have already crossed the upper age limit for any government jobs and the process of their regularisation is taking years. The Operators are currently handling the online work of departmental portals like e-gram-swaraj, SBM, PMAY, Peoples Plan Campaign (Sabki Yojna Sabka Vikaas), GPDP, Mission Antyodaya, PFMS and other e-Governance related activities. Besides other office assignments such as elections, Establishment, Accounts, works etc. at Block/District/Directorate/Secretariat level,” Tarigami said.

“I hope Lieutenant Governor J&K Manoj Sinha will intervene in their matter and regularize the services of these CIC operators working in RDD at the earliest,” he added.

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