Under the NPS, only the DPI employees who joined service after April 1, 2006, are eligible. However, according to sources, PRAN numbers have been generated even for those who joined before April 2006, causing a considerable loss to the state exchequer.
“We estimate that the problem is being faced by 1,602 employees of the DPI,” said a senior official at the human resource management system (HRMS) cell of the DPI. The mistake that the NPS made was to randomly generate PRANs for wrong employees. One such case is that of an assistant master from government composite high school in Karaya, Belthangady, who joined government service before April 2006. She received a letter from NPS requesting her to furnish details of her employment as she had already received PRAN.
Explaining the mix-up, some NPS staff said that in November they had written to the Education Department seeking a list of employees who had joined government service after April 1, 2006. As there was no response, the Directorate of Treasuries issued letters to employees randomly.
The problem that the NPS now faces is that all the employees they approached have started sending their employment documents directly to them. “We have a whole bunch of documents that we cannot accept. They are verified by the drawing officers (block education officers for primary teachers and headmasters for high schools). We want them verified by the Commissioner for Public Instruction,” an NPS employee said.
Amidst this confusion, the DPI issued directions to DDPIs in February asking them to take steps to collate all the documents of employees in their jurisdiction.
“This has not happened, even as the BEOs and headmasters continue to upload wrong details of employees in our HRMS, which is adding to the confusion,” the official said.