Appointment of ‘mission coordinator’ raises eyebrows

Appointment of ‘mission coordinator’ raises eyebrows
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Srinagar: The technical education department has appointed Dr Ghulam Nabi (Dr Peer GN Suhail) as ‘Mission Coordinator’, at par with special-scale Kashmir Administrative Service officer, without advertising the post, which has raised questions over the appointment.

A top government official, who issued the appointment order in the technical education department, which is the nodal department of the ‘skill development mission’, confessed to Kashmir Reader that the appointment orders were issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) and he merely executed the orders.

The order issued by commissioner/secretary to government, technical education department, reads that Ghulam Nabi has been appointed (as consultant) for Skill Development Mission (SDM) and will be designated as ‘Mission Coordinator’.

His engagement will be for a period of one year and extendable to another year.

“I was issued orders by the GAD (to appoint Dr Ghulam Nabi),” the commissioner/secretary to government, technical education department, Sanjeev Verma, told Kashmir Reader. “I just executed them,” he said.

The appointment order, which spells out the profile, salary and other emoluments, was signed by Verma.

Asked whether any advertisement for the position – which is not constitutional – was issued by the department, Verma said, “The appointment was done by the GAD and I executed it.”

A senior official in the law department said that appointments to such positions have to fulfil certain requirements.

“A candidate for the consultant position has to have some qualification,” said the senior law department official. “The qualification requirement is given in the project guidelines for which the person is appointed.”

Secretary GAD, Khurshid Shah, did not respond to repeated calls and texts from Kashmir Reader. “I am busy somewhere,” he said.

The appointment order, issued on September 8, said that Dr Ghulam Nabi will have all the facilities that a super-scale Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) officer enjoys, including office space/staff, residential quarters in Srinagar and Jammu, respectively, 1000 free phone calls every month, and a government vehicle.

Ghulam Nabi, who completed Phd in international development from a university in china in 2014, said he was asked by an officer to prepare proposal for SDM before he was appointed by the government.

“It is the prerogative of the government to appoint consultant. Similarly I was appointed a consultant as well. SDM has no bank account, no office and no staff. It is a big challenge for me,” he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government constituted the Skill Development Mission in December 2015 after the state cabinet led by then CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed gave sanction to it.

The SDM is headed by the chief minister. Its aim is to undertake skill mapping and focus on imparting 50 specific skills, which range from heritage industry skills, traditional trades, modern trades and agriculture-based skill enterprise.

The technical education department is acting as the nodal department for the SDM. It has a target of training 78,593 youths in different employable technical skills over.

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