Agriculture gazetted employees allege discrimination, say not promoted in 25 years

Irfan Rashid

Srinagar:

Gazetted employees of department of Agriculture accused government of “discrimination” for not giving them due promotions in the last 25 years.
Scores of employees told Rising Kashmir on Tuesday they have been discriminated against by the successive governments.
 “Even our sub-ordinate members have got multiple promotions in these 25 years,” they complained.
There was a feeling of insecurity in the gazetted officers of the department.
“It is nothing less than an emotional massacre. We have not been promoted to higher cadre or class in our entire service carrier,” he said.
The irony is that some of the sub-ordinate employees in non-gazetted cadre are drawing more salary than gazette cadre, they said, adding,  “Every non-gazetted employee gets grade promotion after every 9 years and some of them now draw more basic salary than gazette employees of the department.”
“This is nightmarish and one wonders how one bears with this state of affairs,” they said.
They accused the authorities of failing to solve the problem since they were recruited in 1984.
They said they had visited the authorities who demanded “bribe” from them for promotion.
They demanded the government should put them at par with pay structure of the State veterinarians or with the agricultural officers of neighboring states like Haryana, HP or Punjab.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, Haroon Malik, Director Agriculture said the issue was under litigation for a long time and hopefully it will be resolved within one month.
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