In opposition to 24 posts, solely 3 officers in Division of Defence Companies Welfare
Chandigarh, Could 24
The Division of Defence Companies Welfare (DSW), Punjab, mandated with managing the affairs of and taking care of the welfare of ex-servicemen within the state, is dealing with a extreme manpower crunch due to superannuation of current workers and delays in recent appointments.
In opposition to an authorised energy of 24 officers along with the Director, the division has solely three officers at current to oversee the functioning of DSW institutions in 23 districts of the state, sources mentioned.
There are speculated to be 22 officers posted within the districts, with creation of a brand new put up for the state’s newest district, Malerkotla, beneath course of. As well as two officers — Deputy Director (Headquarters) and Deputy Director (Monitoring) primarily based on the departments’ headquarters in Chandigarh.
In response to sources, two officers primarily based at Patiala and Ropar are taking care of seven districts every, whereas the third officer primarily based at Chandigarh is managing the remaining districts together with the portfolios of the 2 deputy administrators. “This has an influence on grievance redressal of ex-servicemen, implementation of schemes, liaison with the native administration and processing paperwork,” a supply mentioned.
The appointment of officers was final completed in 2016, when three of them had joined the division. Whereas the Director is a retired officer of the rank of Brigadier and equal, the opposite officers are of the colonel or Lieutenant Colonel and equal, who’re appointed by the state authorities after retirement from the armed forces.
Sources mentioned that the case of recent appointments had been taken up 2020, when the state authorities had gone in for restructuring all its departments. The authorisation of DSW officers had then been raised from 19 to 24.
Nevertheless, bureaucratic wrangles, change in guidelines and accommodating new administrative provisions have held by the appointment course of. “The file is at current with the workplace of the Chief Secretary,” a supply mentioned.
The division is at current headed by the incumbent AAP chief minister, Bhagwant Singh Mann. Throughout the earlier Congress authorities within the state, it was headed by the then Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.
Redress of grievances hit
- Two officers primarily based at Patiala and Ropar are taking care of seven districts every
- The third officer primarily based at Chandigarh is managing the remaining