Probe Ordered Into ULB Appointments of Last 20 Years

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration have ordered a high-level investigation into the illegal appointments and regularisation of employees in the municipal bodies of the Valley during the last two decades.

According to a government order, a committee of officers headed by Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir, Mathoora Masoom has been constituted to probe all illegal appointments made in the municipal councils and committees across the Valley since 2001. Two other members of the committee are Showkat Ahmad Mir, special secretary (legal), Housing & Urban Development department and Alyaz Ahmad Naisroo, secretary, Lakes & Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA).

The panel would hold a detailed enquiry into all the illegal appointments/ regularisations made in the ULBs in Kashmir from 2001 till date. The Directorate of ULB Kashmir administers three municipal councils and 39 municipal committees.

This is the second such enquiry into the backdoor appointments in the ULB Kashmir in the past 15 days.

On June 23, the government ordered that Dr. Bashir Ahmad Bhat, vice-chairman, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority would inquire into the appointments done in Urban Local Bodies Kashmir by way of illegal relaxation of norms of age/ qualification etc.

In the past two decades, more than 1500 persons have been appointed illegally in the Urban Local Bodies of Kashmir Valley on recommendations of ministers, legislators and officers.

The organized job racket in the department flourished due to political patronage by different governments.

A committee constituted during the NC- Congress regime found that around 1800-2000 illegal appointments were made in the Urban Local Bodies of Kashmir between 2003 to 2010.

The inquiry team concluded that more than 20 officers are involved in the scam.

It had also recommended disengagement of illegal appointees as well as constitution of a special team of Vigilance to fix the responsibilities.

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