KVIB recruitment scam: 9 months on, inquiry still incomplete

KVIB recruitment scam: 9 months on, inquiry still incomplete
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SRINAGAR: The high-level probe into the dubious selection process at Khadi Village and Industries Board (KVIB) is yet to complete even as nine months have passed since it was ordered by the then government.
The inquiry was ordered by the former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on February 25 following the controversy over the selection of her close relative as an executive officer in the board.
So far, there is no official word from the three member probe panel led by R K Goyal, Principal Secretary Home Department. Its members include Dr Pawal Kotwal and Farooq Ahmad Shah.
The committee has missed several deadlines set by PDP-BJP government and Governor’s administration. The recent one was set by the Governor Satya Pal Malik who extended the deadline up to October 31 following a story by Kashmir Reader in its October 2 edition.
However, the enquiry team is uncertain about the completion of the report, even after the latest deadline is over.
Goyal told Kashmir Reader that they will take some more time to complete the probe.
“I can’t tell you when the inquiry report will be complete. Let’s wait for it,” he said.
Last month, this newspaper had reported that many selected candidates were allowed to join the department despite the pending enquiry.
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 inquiry order by the then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti following complaints of fraud.