Srinagar: Authorities on Monday placed a clerk under suspension for ‘erroneous’ issuance of Hajj application forms in Ganderbal district of central Kashmir.
Official sources said that as the aspirants visited Deputy Commissioners Office to collect the applications, they were provided Photostat copies instead of the original forms carrying a booklet along with it for detailed general information.
“We received fewer application forms as such we downloaded them and distributed same among the aspirants. But we have deputed an employee to get more forms and we will accordingly distribute them tomorrow (Tuesday),” Shahbaz Ahmad, Additional Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal told this newspaper when contacted after the aspirants cried foul over the distribution of the applications.
“In pursuance to a notification by the Hajj Committee for collecting forms from district headquarters from today (January 19), we visited office of the Deputy Commissioner but to our utter surprise we were given photo copy of the form,” a group of aspirants said.
On enquiring about it, the aspirants said that they were told that no original forms were available.
“As we were leaving the DC office, we saw an aspirant carrying original form to submit it,” the aspirants said and alleged that the forms were distributed in advance.
Reacting to the allegations, the ADC said that all the original forms were distributed on time and it was only once that they got exhausted, the download forms were issued.
At the same time, the ADC said that a clerk has been placed under suspension.
On asking about the reasons for orders regarding the suspension, the officer responded that the clerk had “erroneously” distributed the forms.