SRINAGAR Based on a report by high-level probe panel, the governor administration has cancelled the selection of candidates for 101 posts made in Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) during erstwhile PDP and BJP government.
Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce Navin Choudhary in a seven page order cancelled the appointments made in 2017 for the advertisement notification issued in August 2016.
All the selections made in the KVIB pursuant to advertisement notice No. KVIB/01 of 2016 dated 08.10.2016 are quashed/ cancelled, the order says.
The KVIB will provide opportunity of being heard to all candidates appointed to different category of posts pursuant to the advertisement notice dated 08.10.2016 and fulfill all formalities required under law before cancelling the appointment of these candidates, the order reads further.
The High level inquiry committee was tasked to enquire into the complaints relating to the alleged unfair selection made by the J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board against various posts; determine as to whether proper procedure as laid down in the relevant rules have been followed, as has been done by the other recruiting agencies or not; enquire into the methodology in selecting the agency(ies) for setting the question, evaluation process etc.; and ascertain whether any deviation has been made in the selection process from advertising the posts to the release of selection lists.
Pertinently, former Chief Minister Mehbooba had announced probe days after the then ruling PDP come under a barrage of criticism over the appointment of the son of then PDP vice-president (Sartaj Madini) as an executive officer in the KVIB.
Syed Aroot Madni, the son of PDP’s Vice president, featured in the selection list of the Board, while the nephew of PDP general secretary and KVIB vice-chairman Peerzada Mansoor Hussain was placed in the waiting list for the post of assistant executive officer.
The PDP had termed the selection as fair, and Sartaj Madni himself had questioned whether or not the sons of politicians deserved a chance to seek employment and livelihood.
But the opposition National Conference had hit out at the PDP describing the selection as institutionalization of corruption, while netizens termed the appointment as fraudulent and had sought an explanation from the ruling coalition partner.
Amid severe castigation on social networking sites, the former top bureaucrat Shah Faesal who has since floated his own political party said that the case warranted a police case if allegations of malpractices in the selection process were true.
If its true that the merit list has been rigged, Faesal, who was then managing director of the J and K Power Development Corporation, wrote on facebook, then instead of an inquiry there should be an FIR. High time that we take those people to task who push our educated youngsters to the wall and kill their confidence.
According to his Facebook profile, Aroot is the youth president of the PDP for the Divsar assembly constituency from where his father had lost elections in 2014.