Opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday blamed the Omar Abdullah-led government's 're-employment policy of deadwood' for the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) scam, wherein ill-means were employed to secure the admission of a selected few for professional courses.
"The chief minister cannot escape the responsibility, as it was his government which re-employed Mushtaq Peer, the former chairman of the BOPEE, and awarded him with three extensions at key positions," alleged Mufti.
The state crime branch is investigating a written complaint alleging that a separate examination centre was set up on the banks of Dal Lake here to secure admission for a selected few for courses like MBBS. It is alleged that thousands of rupees were paid by several candidates to secure seats in the Common Entrance Test-2012.
Mehbooba questioned the 2012 government decision to appoint Peer as the chairman in spite of allegations of corruption against him.
"Peer was facing charges in the Kashmir University too. Still, he was appointed as the chairman of the BOPEE by this government," said Mufti adding, "Peer has been the darling of both the parties (the National Conference and the Congress)."
She said the PDP has been repeatedly opposing the government's policy to reemploy "deadwood at the cost of honest, sincere and deserving officers".
"This government has re-employed around 200 retired employees in its tenure. These employees are re-employed to carry out favours and accommodate people illegally," she alleged.
Mufti alleged that the scam had also exposed the "height of injustice" meted out to the student community by the government.
"This government is anti-youth. From killing innocent youths to imposing PSAs, this government has in a planned way targeted the youth of the state. The youths have become the worst victims," alleged Mufti.
PDP member of legislative council Naeem Akhtar also accused the government of re-employing corrupt officials at top positions.
"The chairman of Waqf Board and in-charge RMSA were also appointed despite allegations of malpractices," alleged Akhtar.
'NC can resort to violence for poll boycott'
Srinagar: People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday expressed apprehensions that the "ruling National Conference (NC) can resort to violence to implement hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani's poll boycott".
"We have apprehensions that poll boycott favours the NC. We fear the boycott call issued by Geelani might be implemented on the ground by the NC (to win seats) through violence," alleged Mufti. She said Geelani has every right to issue a poll boycott call. "It has been a traditional stand of Geelani and Hurriyat leaders to issue poll boycott calls.
Geelani has not threatened with violence to implement the call," said Mehbooba, adding that militancy was very low and "the ruling party could resort to other means to implement the boycott call". She condemned the government's decision to put Geelani, who had kick-started poll boycott campaign, under house arrest once again this week. Kashmir will go for parliamentary and assembly polls next year.