Monday, March 5, 2012

Backdoor appointment of Shafi Uris son

Backdoor appointment of former Finance Minister and National Conference MP, Mohd Shafi Uri’s son in the J&K Sports Council and 35 others, evoked strong protest from the Opposition in the Upper House today, followed by the walk-out by the PDP member as Minister failed to convince on the issue and give satisfactory reply.

The issue in the House of Elders was raised by the PDP Member Murtaza Ahmed Khan during the Question Hour today. Minister In Charge, Youth Services and Sports, Technical and Medical Education, R S Chib was responding. The Government admitted on the floor of the House that 36 appointments were made since January 2009 till now, in the Youth Services and Sports and the Sports Council under different arrangements in the State.

Mr Chib in his reply said that Mohd Shafi Uri’s son Ovais Ahmed, resident of Gharllot in Uri (Baramulla), was appointed as Editor in the Sports Council on probation basis. He however, failed to define the meaning of ‘probation’ and give explanation of this category of arrangement made in the recruitment, despite being pressed repeatedly by PDP members. The PDP member Mr Khan further pressed that if any application was sought or the posts advertised in the Press, Radio or TV for these posts available and whether the posts were referred to the SSRB or any other recruiting agency. The Minister preferred to maintain silence over it due to unknown reasons. He however, kept on saying that proper procedure was adopted by making engagements.

In the first question Murtaza Khan asked whether any person/persons have been engaged in the Sports, Youth Services department or Sports Council, under different arrangements other than SSRB since January 2009, the reply of the Government was total self-contradictory as the Minister concerned said no adhoc, seasonal, casual, need basis employees had been employed/ engaged in the Youth Services and Sports. However, only one person Ameek Ahmed Khan, son of Mohd Khalil of Anantnag was engaged on need basis as Groundsman for a period of 89 days. No extension was granted to him thereafter. But 36 appointments have been made in the J&K State Sports Council since January 2009. One hundred eighty three vacancies of Class IV were available in the department of Youth Service and Sports and six in the Sports Council as on date.

Giving details he admitted that seven persons were engaged on probation basis. They are Ovais Ahmed, son of Mohd Shafi Uri from village Gharllot (Uri- Baramulla), as Editor on 29-4-2010, Jehangir Mir, son of Gh Mohd Mir of Sonwar Bagh Srinagar as Computer operator on 18-2-2010, Joginder Kumar, son of Khazan Chandof Jawahar Nagar New Plot Jammu as Groundsman in August 2010, Jagdish Kumar, son of Titro Ram of Korga Sohal in Jammu as Groundsman in January 2011, Bilguis Dar, daughter of Nazir Ahmed Dar of Kohankhan, Srinagar as Ground attendant in January 2011, Hilal Ahmed, son of Mohd Amin of village Ranbirpora in Mattan Anantnag as Groundsman in February 2011 and Shabir Ahmed Dar, son of Gh Mohd Dar, of Kursoo, Padshahi Bagh Srinagar as Yoga Instructor on 18-10-2011.

Besides this, eleven (11) persons were engaged on contractual basis as coaches and driver. They are Onkar Singh Gill, son of Puran Chand of Bishnah as Volleyball coach, Jagjit Singh, son of Sindhu Singh of Sector 7 Nanak Nagar as Hockey coach, Shakti Gupta, son of Late Bishan Dass Gupta of Nagrota Gujroo Billawar as Judo Coach, Dalwinder Singh, son of Gurmukh Singh of Kaluchak, near SBI Jammu as Hockey Coach, Rachna Jamwal, daughter of S S Jamwal of Shastri Nagar Jammu as Fencing Coach, Vikas Magotra, son of V P Magotra of Shakti Nagar Jammu as Swimming Coach, Javaid Ahmed Sofi, son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din of Chhatabal Srinagar as Football coach, Muneer Aalam Mir, son of Mir Mushtaq of Dalipora Kawada Sgr as Volleyball Coach, Rubia Jan, son of Mohd Ramzan of Bijbehara Anantnag as Netball trainer, Mohd Ashraf Parray, son of Ghulam Mohd Parray of Saloora Baramulla as Handball Instructor and Vijay Singh, son of Karnail Singh of village Khushalpura in R S Pura as driver on consolidated basis.

Mr Chib further claimed that 15 persons were engaged as casual labourers on "Need basis’’ and out of them only two belonged to Jammu region. Three others were engaged as part-time sweepers on consolidated salary. They are Mushtaq Ahmed Parray, son of Late G M Parray of Gadoora Ganderbal, Ajaz Ahmed Doomb, son of Ghulam Hassan Doomb of Tujar in Sopore, Mohd Ismail Dar, son of Late Mohd Sultan of Gamroo in Bondipora, Rakesh Kumar, son of Dev Raj of Kanji House Jammu, Mohd Maqbool Malik, son of Late Mohd Ramzan of Dalgate Sgr, Altaf Hussain, son of Gh Qadir Dar of Dalina Baramulla, Zakir Ahmed Malik, son of Mushtaq Ahmed Malik of Boniyar in Baramulla, Gulshan Kumar, son of Batta Ram of Rajouri, Veer Singh, son of Sain Dass, resident of Satriyan in R S Pura, Imtiaz Ahmed, son of Noor Mohd Shah of Qamarwari Sgr, Lovekash Singh, son of Sardar Singh of Ballar in Kathua, Fayaz Ahmed Mir, son of G M Mir of Lasjan in Srinagar, Tariq Ahmed Sofi, son of Ghulam Mohd Sofi of Sgr, Rehana, daughter of Ali Mohd Bhagwan of Rainawari, Sgr, Fayaz Ahmed Bhat, son of Gh Qadir Bhat of Khaniyar Sgr, Abdul Rashid Sheikh, son of Abdul Ahad of Anantnag, Mohd Iqbal, son of Gulzar Ahmed of Khawajabagh Baramulla and Mushtaq Ahmed, son of Sonaullah Sheikh of Mehjoor Nagar, Srinagar.

Murtaza Khan grilled the Minister and brought him to uneasy situation by raising volley of pointed questions and later staged walk out to lodge protest alleging that Minister failed to give satisfactory reply and maintained silence on the advertisements issue and also provided self contradictory response. However, his two other party members Nizamuddin Khatana and Asgar Ali remained seated inside the House.

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