Srinagar: Khadi and Village Industries Board which was recently in news for recruiting ‘undeserving’ candidates for many posts has allowed ‘selectees’ to join department despite a high level enquiry pending against them from seven months.
According to official sources, the officials of Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) went ahead with the selection of candidates on various posts while the enquiry team is yet to send its report even after seven-months have passed.
“The Board had issued selection list of some posts including Junior Statistical Assistant, Assistant Executive Officers and Publicity officer early this year. The selected candidates are presently working in the department while the appointment of hundreds of other candidates on other posts has been held up due to the enquiry order by the then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti following complaints of fraud. This is a sheer discrimination,” they said.
As per aggrieved candidates, a private recruiting agency conducted the exam and interviews of some posts like Junior Supervisor, Junior Assistant for Jammu candidates only while Kashmir-based candidates are eagerly waiting for the selection list.
“Jammu-based candidates and some candidates in Kashmir are already working in the Board and drawing their salaries. The why is the appointment on other posts held up?” questioned a candidate.
The KVIB had issued an advertisement against vacancies on October 8, 2016. The written test was held in August 2017, and interviews for the posts began in the last week of January.
However, the recruitment process came under a shadow following a controversy involving a close relative of former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti who also figured in a list.
He declined to accept the employment offer from the board after the controversy generated by his appointment.
The opposition parties had launched a scathing attack on the PDP over alleged nepotism and malpractice in the selection of candidates which prompted the CM to order an enquiry.
The enquiry is being carried by the three member panel headed R K Goyal, Principal Secretary the then Home Department. Its members include Dr Pawal Kotwal and Farooq Ahmad Shah. However, the committee has missed several deadlines so far and is unsure about timing for submitting the report.
Secretary to Government, Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Majeed who was controller of the recruitment examination told Kashmir Reader that enquiry may take some more time as enquiry officers have asked for more time.
“The enquiry was ordered after I informed the CID about some complaints. There were some complaints against the examination process, that the same was not fair, as Administrative Secretary Industries and Commerce Department also reported the same verbally to me. But, now the report should have been submitted so that recruitment process can be completed,”