Friday, March 2, 2012

Govt sits on inquiry report of illegal appointments

An appointment scandal has surfaced in the Urban Local Bodies of Kashmir where non-existent employees are shown transferred from one Municipal Committee to other in order to facilitate their employment.

In one such order issued by the then Director Local Bodies Kashmir, 12 non-existent employees have been shown transferred from one Municipal Committee to other just to facilitate their employment.

An order (No. DULB/KIPS/36/09 dated 07-11-09) issued by the Director Local Bodies, Kashmir, in 2009 under subject "Utilization of Services" addressed to The I/C Executive Officer/Secretary MC Bandipora has directed him to ask the 12 "employees" to report to the new place of postings.

The non-existent employees who have been transferred are Rayees Ahmad Magray, Khilafwarzi Assistant, from Bandipora to Sumbal; Aijaz Ahmad Mir, Khilafwarzi Assistant, from Hajin to Bandipora; Imtiaz Hassan Wani, demolition guard, from Bandipora to Sumbal; Fayaz Ahmad Rather, tax guard, from Sumbal to Bandipora; Sameer Ahsan Shah, Junior Assistant, from Bandipora to Hajan; Tanvir Ahmad Lone, demolition guard, from Bandipora to Hajin; Ghulam Hassan Mir, plantation helper, from Hajin to Bandipora; Jan Mohammad Wani, driver, from Bandipora to Hajan; Nazir Ahmad Bhat, demolition guard, from Bandipora to Hajan; Hilal Ahmad Bhat, Death and Birth Reporter, from Hajin to Bandipora; Manzoor Ahmad Kaloo, Plantation helper, from Hajan to Bandipora and Bilal Ahmad Joo, tax guard, from Sumbal to Bandipora.

The order further said that their basic appointment orders be verified and till then their services be utilized without prejudice to the status of their basic appointment. One of them, Samir Ahsan Shah, is close relative of the then Executive Officer Sumbal, Hajan and Bandipora Municipal Committees, Abdul Rashid Shah.

Sources said that around 1600 such and other illegal appointments have been made in the Municipal Committees of the State for past several years with majority of these appointments made since 2009.

The Director Local Bodies Kashmir, Shameem Leharwal, told Excelsior that such illegal appointments have taken place in the Municipal Committees and a high level inquiry committee formed by the Government has submitted its report to the Government some 7 months ago. The report is with the Government for consideration, he added.

These appointments have been made by the presidents and Executive Members of these Municipal Committees. According to records of the Municipal Committee, recruitment norms like calling for applications and holding interviews for various posts were not adhered to.

It may be mentioned here that 84 Regular and temporary appointments were made by the Executive Officer, Abdul Rashid Shah and then president of the Municipal Committee Sumbal.

In Sumbal, Bandipora, Sopore and Ganderbal 84, 160, 30 and 50 illegal appointments were made respectively by Executive Officers and Presidents of the Municipal Committees.

The Executive Officer of Sumbal and Hajan Municipal Committees Abdul Rashid Shah who has made several such appointments said that there was nothing wrong with the appointments made by him or the Municipal Committees.

"The Committee is an autonomous body and is exempt from referring the appointments to the recruitment bodies. The persons I have appointed were not permanent and only on temporary basis."

The Vigilance Organization is also probing these illegal appointments in Municipal Committees across Kashmir. Last year (Letter No. VOK-BKB-536 dated 31 March, 2011) Vigilance Organization sought records of the municipal bodies of Bandipora, Sumbal, Hajin, Baramulla, Sopore, Kunzar, Tangmarg, Watergam, Pattan, Uri, Handwara, Kupwara and Langate in this regard.

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