Minister snubs Director Food, vetoes 190 transfers

Srinagar: Much to the embarrassment of Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department Kashmir, the Food Minister has put all the 190 transfer orders of different employees on hold, CNS reported quoting official sources.

The concerned minister, according to the report, took this step after the intervention of one of his favorite staff members. The Food Ministry has issued an order vide number CAPDK/Admn/b-x-41 in this regard and has directed the CA&PD Director to implement it in letter and spirit.

In a bid to gear up his department and to make officials and other employees accountable, Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Bashir Ahmed Khan had transferred at least 190 employees before the implementation of Model Code of Conduct this year. Most of the employees who had been transferred had been on the same location for past 10 to 15 years. These transfers were made from outlets across Kashmir.

The report, quoting an official in the CA&PD department, has claimed that for the first time transfers were made on dispassionately merit basis. “All these employees were transferred in the interest of the people and department, but we fail to understand why these orders were put in abeyance after two months,” the official said.

Another official said on condition of anonymity that CA&PD minister Chodhri Muhammad Ramzan kept the transfer orders in abeyance after the intervention of  one of his ‘favourite’ personal staff member. “Some of the transferred employees some of whom are allegedly involved in ‘fraud and scams’ approached ‘Minister’s favorite staff member’ and he accordingly prevailed upon the Minister to keep these transfer orders on hold,” he said adding that the move is aimed at  cover up of allegedly tainted officials.

Food Minister Choudhri Muhammad Ramzan while refuting these allegations said some transfer orders were put on hold on the directions of Election Commission. “All the transfers were made before  the Model Code of Conduct. But some employees could not join the duties till MCC was implemented and accordingly Election Commission directed us to put the transfers of those employees on hold,” he said adding that the allegations leveled against him were baseless and far from truth.

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