Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday directed the administrative secretaries and heads of the departments to ensure proper custody of service-books of government employees working under their administrative control as per the procedure laid down in the J&K Civil Service regulations.
A circular issued by general administration department reads, “Any deviation from the extant rules shall be viewed seriously.”
The government issued the circular after it observed that original service-books were not kept in the custody of the drawing and disbursing officers, but were retained by the officers/officials in their personal custody, “which is contrary to the rules/procedure.”
The service-book of a government servant is an important document to record all the events in his/her entire service career from the date of his appointment till his retirement.
As per Article 266 of J&K Civil Service Regulations, 1956, the service-book of a government employee is required to be kept in the custody of the concerned drawing and disbursing officer.
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