Srinagar MAY 30, 2022
All Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers Federation aft. with Akhil Bhartiya Rashtriya Shakshik Mahasangh have raised their concerns against promotion issues which have caused at least of thousands posts vacant across the Jammu Kashmir. Moreover, the transfer process has also been delayed along with the promotion process.
Speaking with media, in Srinagar today, Devraj Thakur, State President All Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers Federation aft. with Akhil Bhartiya Rashtriya Shakshik Mahasangh demand that transfer orders be issued now, even though they are implemented later
Nearly several years after their last general transfer, teachers in Jammu- Kashmir are worried that any further delay on the part of the State government in publishing the final transfer list may scupper this year’s transfers.
“It was in several years back that general transfers were last implemented. With schools closed for nearly two years owing to COVID-19, no transfers were made. In February 2021, the government again invited applications for the general transfer and a provisional list was published in this year. Time was allowed for complaints related to the provisional list. The government had then said a final transfer list would be issued by April/May but it was not issued” Thakur added.
The authorities have informed teachers that the general transfers will be implemented only before commencing new session and after the examinations to be completed by April end. However, teachers point out that transfers in other cadres under the department such as
Principals, lectures and headmasters have been done by this year; only Masters and teachers are being made to suffer, Thakur said.
“The fate of school lecturers and headmasters in the state looks uncertain as their transfers have been pending for the last two to three months for implementation, after the completion of second list. Moreover, the academic year 2021-22 and 2022-23 has begun while teachers are waiting for the transfer orders.If this is the speed, then all our plans will be shattered and we will have to wait for another academic year” Thakur alleged.
“As there is every chance that the transfers will be delayed even further in such a situation, the teachers are demanding that the transfer orders be issued now, even if these are put into practice at a later date” Thakur added further.
“Away from home districts even as Masters and teachers who have been working away from their home districts for years worry that the transfers will be pushed back by some more months, there is fear that next year’s general transfers may not be held at all owing to the delay this year”Thakur said
Thakur says they have been told that hearings are being conducted on complaints related to the draft transfer list. However, AJKLTF has been pressing for time-bound implementation of the general transfers this year, and the next year’s transfers to be carried out by March so that disruptions faced by teachers and their families on account of mid-year transfers are avoided.
Masters and teachers who have spent years in outstation districts and have less than a year or two to retire have not been able to return to their home districts because the final list has not been published. Even other government employees get transferred, but nowhere do so many complications and complaints arise as in the case of school lecturer , Master and teacher transfers, Thakur said.
Thakur say many of the complications can be avoided if Masters, Teachers transfers, and promotions are implemented first, followed by the general transfers of all cadres in the department.