Handicrafts Appoint Class-IVs Surreptitiously: Reports

KL Report
Srinagar

The deputy commissioner Poonch has prevented joining of some Class-IV “employees” who are alleged to have appointed through questionable means, reports reaching from Pir Panchal belt said. The process was stalled after certain locals protested saying they had also applied but were not interviewed.

Informed sources told Kashmir Life that while advertisements were issued, and the applicants received, the process that followed was questionable and not transparent. There are clear indications that those appointed might be well-connected and influential.

The notification for the posts was issued in March 2011, and all its interview procedures were completed by February 2012. The selected aspirants approached the department in absence of the assistant director, Khalid Hussain who is also the chairman of the selection committee and is on one month leave.

Sources said when the new assistant director, tried to ascertain how the candidates were selected, there were no records available. The documents, interestingly, are believed to be in the custody of current incumbent’s custody.

Director Handicrafts Muzaffar Ahmad when contacted said, “There is no discrepancy in the selection. The concerned person is on leave and everything will be streamlined once he joins back.” But he failed to explain if the official records can be entirely taken by officials once they are on leave.

Informed sources told Kashmir Life that these appointments – believed by to be more than 70 in all the districts across the state, also have similar problems. But in most of the cases, the appointed lot, has already joined their services. It is not immediately known which processes were followed in different districts. Class IV jobs, it may be recalled here, are managed by the heads of departments and not by any recruitment board established by law.

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