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CM orders probe in promotions in agriculture department

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has ordered an inquiry into promotions made by the agriculture production department vide government order no. 279-Agri- of 2008, dated Oct. 7, 2008, reports Amir Karim Tantray.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2009 21:23 IST
Amir Karim Tantray

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has ordered an inquiry into promotions made by the agriculture production department vide government order no. 279-Agri- of 2008, dated Oct. 7, 2008.



CM has appointed Financial Commissioner Home Department Verghese Samuel as the inquiry officer. As per the order, the inquiry officer needs to examine whether promotions has been effected by the recruitment rules of the J&K agriculture services after following the due procedure.



The promotions were made in October 2008 when the state was passing through governor's rule after Ghulam Nabi Azad led Congress-PDP government collapsed as PDP had withdrawn their support.



The inquiry officer has to examine whether any senior officers have been ignored in the process and junior officers who were not due for the promotion in the normal course have been conferred the benefit and whether general category or reserved category candidates have received their due representation in the promotions as per the reservation rules.



Talking to HT, Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir said, "When the order was released in October 2008, the file was sent to Public Service Commission (PSC) for confirmation. PSC office sent back the file to agriculture department because of some flaws."



"There were already some reports of fraud in the list and it was said that some deserving, qualified and senior officials have not been given the promotion," Mir said, adding, "We than set up a fact finding committee who submitted their report mentioning that some qualified and deserving candidates have been dropped. Than I recommended the case to CM for holding a high level probe."



Mir further said, "CM Omar Abdullah on our recommendations ordered a probe and we are sure that truth will prevail after the inquiry."



The government order has mentioned that the inquiry officer needs to submit its report within a period of 45 days from the date of issue of the order and it has also been mentioned that inquiry officer shall be free to co-opt any officer during the process of inquiry.


Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has ordered an inquiry into promotions made by the agriculture production department vide government order no. 279-Agri- of 2008, dated Oct. 7, 2008.



CM has appointed Financial Commissioner Home Department Verghese Samuel as the inquiry officer. As per the order, the inquiry officer needs to examine whether promotions has been effected by the recruitment rules of the J&K agriculture services after following the due procedure.



The promotions were made in October 2008 when the state was passing through governor's rule after Ghulam Nabi Azad led Congress-PDP government collapsed as PDP had withdrawn their support.



The inquiry officer has to examine whether any senior officers have been ignored in the process and junior officers who were not due for the promotion in the normal course have been conferred the benefit and whether general category or reserved category candidates have received their due representation in the promotions as per the reservation rules.



Talking to HT, Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir said, "When the order was released in October 2008, the file was sent to Public Service Commission (PSC) for confirmation. PSC office sent back the file to agriculture department because of some flaws."



"There were already some reports of fraud in the list and it was said that some deserving, qualified and senior officials have not been given the promotion," Mir said, adding, "We than set up a fact finding committee who submitted their report mentioning that some qualified and deserving candidates have been dropped. Than I recommended the case to CM for holding a high level probe."



Mir further said, "CM Omar Abdullah on our recommendations ordered a probe and we are sure that truth will prevail after the inquiry."



The government order has mentioned that the inquiry officer needs to submit its report within a period of 45 days from the date of issue of the order and it has also been mentioned that inquiry officer shall be free to co-opt any officer during the process of inquiry.