The state government has banned the process of promotion in all government departments, educational institutions, public corporations and autonomous institutions of the state till further orders. This will affect the interests of thousands of officers, employees and teachers across the state. Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh made orders in this regard on Wednesday. It has been implemented with immediate effect. The government has taken this step amid the ongoing controversy over reservation in promotion for general cadre and SC-ST employees. This order is considered as a major setback for the general category staff-teachers. The Chief Secretary has sent copies of the order to all Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Heads of Departments. The order states that no DPC will be made on the basis of the year 2012 until a decision is reached on the petition filed in the High Court.
M. Nagaraja case In the year 2012, the government has abolished the reservation system in promotion. After this, promotions were being held on the basis of seniority in the state from September 5. This order was challenged by SC-ST employees. In Gyanchand Vs Uttarakhand Government case, the High Court had abrogated the said order on April 1, 19, but after that the government filed a review petition. It is currently under consideration in the High Court.
Promotion envelopes are sealed in various departments of the state. These include Education, Rural Development, Revenue, Public Works Department, Secretariat, Goods and Service Tax (GST,) Health etc. The employees of these departments had a dream of promotion, but at the moment their hopes have been demolished. Due to not getting promotion on time, a large number of officers and employees will suffer financial loss. This will also not give them the benefit of seniority on time and will reduce the way of promotion in the next cadre. However, the government will get relief from this order and there will be no financial burden on the exchequer.