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JKEDI: Revelation of Irregularities, Stagnation in Transfers Raise Concerns

There are reports of underlying disparities within JKEDI, where employees experience prolonged stagnation despite promotions. Alleged irregularities persist for years, affecting the institute's fairness and equity. The perplexing deployment strategy, placing senior officers at district centers, raises questions about decision-making efficiency. With a committee in place to address concerns, JKEDI's internal workings come under intense scrutiny

By Tauheed Ahmad

Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) is currently facing scrutiny over reported irregularities in routine transfers and the prolonged stagnation of numerous officials, particularly those who have been promoted, at their initial postings without subsequent transfers.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, some officials disclosed information about irregularities within the institute that there has been a notable deviation from the standard procedures in the institute’s routine transfer policies, leading to concerns among the staff and stakeholders.
“Several employees, especially those who have earned promotions, find themselves seemingly stagnant at their initial postings for an extended period, creating a sense of dissatisfaction within the organizational structure”, sources said.
Furthermore, concerns have been raised about the apparent mismatch in job roles, with non-administrative staff reportedly handling sensitive administrative decisions. This has not only generated confusion among the staff but also raised questions about the security of sensitive information within the institute.
While speaking to this reporter, Director JKEDI, Asif Hamid Khan said that the matter is under government’s examination. He mentioned that a committee has been constituted to look into the matter.
Sources indicate that irregularities have persisted for years, with some employees remaining in their positions for decades despite promotions. It is alleged that minor changes were made by influencing previous Directors, facilitated by influential employees seeking personal gains. A proper routine transfer mechanism should be in place to ensure an end to such irregularities.
Sources, further revealed a deeper layer of disparity, wherein some Kashmir-based employees have dutifully served multiple tours outside the Kashmir division, a testament to their commitment. In stark contrast, individuals seemingly favored, often colloquially referred to as ‘blue-eyed,’ have either avoided service outside their comfort zones or swiftly returned to the main office without completing their full tenure. This revelation raises profound questions about fairness and equity within the institute.
The Director further stated that the department has taken cognizance of the situation and, to address the concerns, has constituted a committee to conduct a comprehensive review.
In a puzzling deployment strategy within the organizational hierarchy, the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) is witnessing an unusual distribution of its senior and junior officers. Contrary to conventional practices, senior-most officers find themselves posted at district centers, while their junior counterparts assume administrative charges at the head office.
JKEDI: Revelation of Irregularities, Stagnation in Transfers Raise Concerns
This unconventional staffing arrangement raises eyebrows and prompts questions about the rationale behind such decisions. Typically, senior officers are entrusted with critical administrative responsibilities at the central office, leveraging their experience and expertise to guide organizational strategies. In contrast, district centres often benefit from the presence of seasoned officers to navigate local nuances and challenges effectively, sources said.
The deviation from this norm sparks concerns about the efficiency and effectiveness of the decision-making process at both district and central levels. It also calls into question the utilization of the skills and experience of senior officers in positions seemingly distinct with their professional standing.

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