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Kashmir Fisheries deptt. dupes Govt. to violate CM’s circular

Srinagar, July 25, 2007:

The department of Fisheries in Indian administered Kashmir has asked the government to bring down the qualification bar for promotions to the post of Inspector, contrary to the directives of region’s chief minister.

Citing lack of qualified employees, the fisheries department has asked the state government to relax the eligibility criterion for promotion to the post of Inspectors in the department to matriculation against the presently required M.F.Sc or B.Sc. (with Zoology) along with the mandatory one year diploma in fisheries sciences.

A circular issued after meeting of secretaries chaired by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on June 26, 2006 states that “the departments should have a re-look at the qualification prescribed for various posts in view of the vast improvement in educational standards in the last two decades.”

“The department has suppressed facts as there is no dearth of employees having M.F.Sc. and B.Sc. Med. which is the requirement for promotion to Inspector post under present rules,” says Farooq Ahmed, an employee of the department.

As of now only those with qualifications of M.F.Sc. or B.Sc. are eligible for promotion to the post of Inspector.

“The department has made tremendous strides in the last decade extending Fisheries in private sector and development of trout rafter infusion of qualified people through PSC in 1997,” Ahmed says.

“An Inspector in the department is the person responsible to execute the policies of the department…an un-lettered person at the helm will mean that the gains made on the developmental side in the past decade are lost forever,” says Shabir Ahmed, an employee in the department.

The qualified employees of the department have made a representation to the chief minister, asking him to stop the proposed change. The employees say the proposed change in the rules would be detrimental for the future of the department.

Alleging that the department was changing promotion rules under the influence of non technical employees, the qualified employees say the rules have been relaxed thrice earlier.

The rules were earlier amended in 1990, 1998 and 2001 “to promote a few blue eyed employees with 10+2 qualification” to posts requiring technical qualification like B.Sc Fisheries, the aggrieved employees say.

“The rules are being amended again to favour blue eyed employees again,” said Gulzar Ahmad, another employee of the department.

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