HC seeks CAPD reply over daily wagers manning stores in Ladakh

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Assistant Director CADP Leh and Ladakh to file an affidavit, indicating his authority to place two daily wagers allegedly involved in embezzling an amount of Rs 16 lakh as incharge stores.
Hearing a petition, a single bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey also directed the officer to furnish full particulars of all the regular employees who are connected with affairs of the store.
In addition, the court also directed Secretary Ladakh Affairs and Director CAPD Kashmir to disclose policy with reference to the assignment of the charge of stores to casual laborers or daily rated workers in the department.
The bench also directed them to ensure that an employee holding the post on substantive basis shall act as incharge store keepers.
In case, the court said, it was reported that the officers were allowing casual laborers or daily rated workers to hold the charge of the stores, and providing them a chance to embezzle the public money, they would be responsible for the “repercussions.”
The court passed the directions on a petition by two dailywagers, seeking impunity and regularisation of their services.
Earlier in the month, a division bench of Chief Justice M M kumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar had directed to government to furnish details of movable and immovable assets of 88 officials belonging to Kashmir Division and 57 official belonging to Jammu.
The direction by the bench followed perusal of the report by Deputy Secretary to Government, CA&PD Department which discloses the names of 88 employees belonging to Kashmir Division, “who have misappropriated huge amounts totaling crores of rupees” as well as “misappropriation” made by 57 employees of Jammu division.
“Few examples from the list belonging to Kashmir Division would fortify the impression that there is a complete failure of machinery ensuring accountability of government employees.
The court had also directed that any of these officers/officials who have been named in the list of 88 or 57 persons respectively, shall not be permitted to alienate their properties or operate their bank accounts till further orders. The matter has been listed on April 24.