RTI reveals illegal appointments in municipal committee Kokernag

Srinagar: An RTI reply has revealed Illegal appointments and irregularities in municipal committees of Kokernag and Dooru Shahabaad.
The reply to the RTI plea, filed by a university student, reveals at-least sixty appointments have been made in contravention to the rules. Among them, 16 have been regularized by executive officers from time to time in violation of service rules.
In one of such cases, a former executive officer of the committee has appointed his son as Khilafwarzi Assistant.
As the department has given clear directions to the local bodies not to disburse salaries to the illegal appointees, the RTI reply indicates that the officials are paying the salaries from the GP fund of regular employees.
Records show that an amount of 11 lakh and 65 thousand rupees were not remitted in past three years due to which the regular employees are facing tough time. “It is a fraud and crime but no one is bothered about it as the criminals are paying hefty sums to get away from facing the law,” said one of the employees.
In 2013, Director local bodies issued a circular in which they acknowledged that GP fund of employees are being retained by some municipal committees (including MC Kokernag) instead of remitting in the treasury for onward credit to their respective GFP fund accounts maintained in District Fund offices.
The non-remittance of GP funds of genuine employees has resulted in loss of the interest that they were liable to, it said.
A circular(DULB / PS/004-50) dated 09.04.2012) issued by the then Director ULB Kashmir also admitted that illegal appointments have been made over the years in different Municipal institutions of Kashmir division by “incompetent authorities without following the due procedures as envisaged in the relevant provisions of the law and the standing instructions of the government.”
The Government vide order (NO. 110 – HUD of 2011, dated 20.04.2011), the circular said, constituted a committee to look into these irregularities which submitted its report to the government along with explicit recommendations, the order said.
Even as the circular was put in abeyance after two days, no action has been taken by the government so far on the recommendations.
It is learnt that a complaint filed with VOK (bearing no.SSP/ABP/15-PA-07 DT.6-1-2015) in this regard was pending before director general of vigilance.
When contacted Director Local Bodies said an inquiry was already pending in the matter.
“I will still look into the matter again,” he added.