SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday asked all administrative Secretaries and Heads of the Department, Managing Directors of all PSUs and Corporations to strictly adhere to the rules and conditions prescribed for sanctioning study leaves and warned them against any violation.
“In terms of J&K Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1979 (SRO-44 of 1979 dated 18 January 1979, issued by Finance Department), as amended from time to time, grant of study leave in respect of an employee of the Government is governed by some conditions”, reads the circular issued by the General Administration Department.
Among others they include’ certifying exigencies of public service, direct and close connection with sphere of his/her duty; the study tour has to be of definite advantage to the Government from the point of view of public interest etc; the grant of study leave does not affect regular work or cause cadre difficulties owing to his/her absence on leave; that there is dearth of such technical qualified officers/officials in the Department and Study leave shall not ordinarily be granted to a Government servant who has rendered less than five years’ service under the Government, the circular reads.
Notwithstanding, the provisions governing the issue, the government said, it has been observed that the Administrative Departments either sanction study leave in violation of Leave Rules at their own level, or recommend cases to the General Administration Department without adhering to the other relevant parameters, the circular reads.
Further, the government said it has been observed that the provision related to the maintenance of the leave reserve quota is also being violated from time to time. “The matter has been viewed seriously by the authorities”, it added.
Accordingly, the government impressed upon all Administrative Secretaries and Heads of the Department, Managing Directors of all PSUs and Corporations to strictly adhere to the rules and conditions prescribed for sanctioning study leaves and recommend only such cases to the General Administration Department which are within the leave reserve adjusted for vacancies in their Department(s). “Any violation in this regard shall be dealt strictly under rules/norms”, it added.