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200 settlement assistants seek LG’s intervention in implementation of FC Revenue order
Recommendations stuck in Secretariat files since 10 years
8/9/2020 11:24:46 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report

Jammu, Aug 9: Around 200 Settlement Assistants who were appointed in Revenue Department by selection committee as per Cabinet Decision No.155/10 Dated 23/09/2005 vide Government order No.259 Rev (S) of 2005 Dated 27/09/2005 have sought Lt. Governor’s intervention in implementation of Financial Commissioner Revenue order with regard to their adjustments against Patwar Halqas being as trained Parwaries.
As per the details available with Early Times in 2009 as per Cabinet Decision, the Revenue Department imparted Patwar training to first batch of Graduate Settlement Assistants and they qualified Patwar Exam successfully. After training, Revenue Department deputed Settlement Assistants in far flung areas of Kashmir/ Jammu division for completion of Settlement work through latest ETS machines on a meager salary of Rs, 2,000 per month.
After completion of Patwar training the Financial Commissioner Revenue recommended to government to utilize the services of patwar exam qualified settlement Assistants as patwaries in letter No. FC(NG-ptw) 812/08 dated 08/09/2011, but this recommendation has not been implemented even after nine years.
In 2013 Financial Commissioner Revenue the proposal of Settlement Commissioner, J&K for amendment in recruitment of Patwaries J&K Revenue (Subordinate), the Settlement Patwari Graduation with Knowledge of Urdu, should be 90% by direct recruitment from amongst those having undergone Patwar Training course from any Govt. recognised institution while 10% by Promotion of Junior assistants with minimum qualification.
Speaking to Early Times, the settlement assistants stated that they have worked in settlement organization upto 2014 during this period they completed Settlement Work of various far flung villages with ETS machines. They said that in 2014 government created various administrative units in 2014 where there was acute shortage of manpower and it was decided to absorb the service of settlement assistants in various administrative units as per their qualification and experience against clear vacancies.
It was decided to constitute a committee for making suggestions for their absorption in the department against available posts as per cabinet decision No.128/11/2014 Dated 16/07/2014.Govt.Order No.Rev(S)170 of 2014 Dated 18/07/2014 .
In 2014 a High powered committee was constituted vide Govt Order No.247-GAD of 2014 Dated 28/02/2014 that reads as “The committee observed that there are around 200 Settlement Assistants who are being paid Rs 2000 per month which is too meagre.”
“We have already put in more than 10 years service. The committee accordingly decided that their services shall be utilized in the newly created administrative units” they said.
The recommendation of the High powered committee was also approved by the cabinet vide Decision No.129/11/2014 Dated 16/07/2014.
In 2012 Govt. advertised Patwar posts for training purposes only “Selected candidates after compleation of training of nine months shall have to qualify the patwar Examination to be conducted by the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) and the qualified candidates shall have to apply to SSRB for being selected as Patwaries and when these posts are advertised by SSRB. The selection of the candidates for Patwar training and subsequent passing of the Patwar Examination shall confirm no right for being appointed as Patwaries.
They said that at that time they approached Revenue officers, they told us that this advertisement is only for training purpose and you are already qualified. In 2013 in a another cabinet decision Government appointed all 1500 patwar training candidates as Patwaries instead to refer them to SSRB, but they this time too were ignored by revenue department.
They said that various times Settlement Commmissioner J&K and Financial Commissioner Revenue recommends Government to amend service rules so that Patwar Exam Qualified Settlement Assistants should be regularized as Patwaries, but unfortunately our file is pending from last 12 years in Civil Secretariat J&K .
They said that some Settlement Assistants of our batch from Leh approached J&K High Court and on the direction of court, LHDC appoint them as patwaries.
“We are getting 150 a day( Rs 4500 monthly) which is insufficient for daily needs- the salaries which are even not as per minimum wages act- From 2008 to till date- except recommendation, we receive nothing” they said and urged upon the Government that there services should be utilized against vacant posts of patwaries.
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