ECI Blow To PDP-BJP Govt As Appointment Of VCs Withheld

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JAMMU: In a major disappointment to PDP-BJP combine ahead of Lok Sabha by-polls n Valley, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday halted appointment of at least sixteen persons as Vice-chairmen of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs).

The PDP and BJP parties ON March 10, which are running a coalition government in J&K, had appointed sixteen (16) top party functionaries as Vice-Chairpersons (VCs) of several Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) on a consolidated monthly salary of Rs 80,000/- (Eighty Thousand only) in addition to perks and allowances admissible under relevant rules to be borne by the government but not the concerned corporations and the autonomous bodies already running in red and overburdened with huge liabilities.

The appointees include those from Peoples Conference led by Sajad Gani Lone who is an ally of the right wing – BJP – in the coalition government.

However, the opposition National Conference (NC) had petitioned ECI that the appointments should be declared null and void as Model Code of Conduct had come in to effect.

An official spokesperson today said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) asked the State Government to defer the appointments of 16 Vice-Chairmen/Chairpersons (VC) of the Public Sector Enterprises (PSE) till the completion of process for by-elections in 2-Srinagar and 3-Anantnag Parliamentary Constituencies in the State.

“The appointments of 16 Vice-Chairmen/Chairpersons of the Public Sector Enterprises may be deferred till the completion of election process and if any formal orders have been issued on or after March 9, 2017, the date of announcement of by-elections in Srinagar and Anantnag Parliamentary Constituencies in the State, the same may be rescinded with immediate effect,” read the communiqué from ECI addressed to Chief Electoral Officer, J&K.

It is worth to mention here that by-polls to two Lok Sabha seats of Srinagar and Anantnag are slated for April 9 and 12, respectively.
 

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