Issues guidelines of transfer Policy for employees of the department
The School Education Department Monday said it may transfer surplus teachers of the department without taking into consideration their period of stay.
In order to address the concerns of employees of the School Education Department pertaining to personnel administration, while fulfilling the primary objective of the department that is to provide quality education to the students, transfer policy for effecting transfers in the department has been notified.
According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the salient principles of the policy states that Directorates of School Education shall maintain a complete e-database on transfer and postings of employees for effective implementation of transfer policy.
Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Alok Kumar said, “All transfers shall be made through online mode via Online Transfer Portal for which the department shall issue Notification every year at the end of the Academic Session and such process shall be completed before the commencement of new Academic Session.”
According to the transfer Policy for Employees of the department, Kumar however said that on administrative exigencies, offline transfers can also be affected with the approval of the competent authority.
“The surplus employee in a school or institution shall be transferred without taking into consideration their period of stay,” he said.
Stating the zonation or tenure of the employees, the principal secretary said that Zone-I, I and III shall ordinarily be three years, at a particular school. “Zone-IV and V shall ordinarily be two years and one year respectively, at a particular school. However, the mentioned tenure shall not be applicable to an employee who is willing to serve or continue in Zone III, IV and V.”
“Tenure for transfer of officers on administrative posts Viz CEOs, Principals, Headmasters, ZEOs and equivalent shall ordinarily be two years with a maximum period of three years,” it reads.
The policy also states that in Zones VI and V, the period spent outside the actual place of posting on account of deputation, deployment, attachment and leave shall not be considered for claiming maximum tenure for transfer.
“Employees would be rotated between Zone-I, II, III and VI as far as practicable. In addition, there will be Zone-V which shall comprise difficult locations or in-accessible areas within the UT,” it reads.
Kumar said that an employee who has served in Zone-V will preferably be given posting in Zone-I and II to the extent possible. “Employees shall generally have to serve in Zones-III, VI and V on promotions, whether immediately or later, unless specifically excluded by the Administrative Department on some reasonable grounds.”
He said that the new appointees shall be posted in Zones-III, VI and Vas far as practicable.
Pertinently, Zone-I falls within municipal limit of district headquarter, Zone-II outside municipal limit upto 20km from district headquarter, Zone-III beyond 20km to 40Kms from district headquarter, Zone-IV beyond 40kms and above from district headquarter and also where change of residence is required. In addition, those schools where there is no motorable road and walking distance from the nearest motorable road is 7 KMs or more one way.
Zone-V is in-accessible areas in the UT of JK.
“The employees appointed under SRO-202 shall be eligible for transfer only after completion of five years tenure on the post against which they have been appointed,” Kumar said.
He further said that the employees appointed under UT, Divisional or District cadre shall be transferable only within their own cadre and shall in no case be transferable from one Divisional cadre to another Divisional cadre or District Cadre, or from one District cadre to another District cadre or Divisional cadre post except as per the provisions as laid down.
“In case of shortage of Teaching Staff in any specific subject within a School Complex, respective Directors shall make necessary arrangements for the same strictly as per instructions,” Kumar said.
The principal secretary also said that any other extraordinary arrangement to meet the shortage or deficiency of staff shall strictly be made by the Administrative Department after taking inputs from the concerned Directorates.
Stating the calendar for transfer, the School Education Department said that in order to maintain constancy during the academic session, transfers shall be made only at the close of academic session and there shall be no mid-term transfers.
“However, teaching staff can be transferred from one school to another as per the requirement even during the mid-session on cogent reasons including performance of the teacher, school results, enrollment, and requirement of subject specific teacher or any other administrative measures,” reads the communiqué.
It also said that the employees can be posted upon their promotion, revocation of suspension, resumption of duties after training or leave. “They shall be adjusted against vacant posts during the non-transfer period as far as practicable.”