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Illegal appointment when CM Rawat was agriculture minister, alleges former BJP leader

A former BJP leader triggered a row saying rules were subverted in appointing assistant agriculture officers in 2011 when incumbent chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was the mountain state’s agriculture minister

dehradun Updated: Dec 21, 2017 19:48 IST
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Raghunath Singh Negi (2nd from left) addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Thursday.(HT Photo)

A former BJP leader on Thursday triggered a row saying rules were subverted in appointing assistant agriculture officers in 2011 when incumbent chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was the mountain state’s agriculture minister.

Social activist Raghunath Singh Negi last month hit headlines by accusing Rawat of filing the same age in his affidavits for the 2014 assembly bypoll and 2017 assembly election.

The chief minister’s office dismissed Negi’s allegation. It, however, said the complainant can approach courts or the state public service commission with his grievance.

At a press conference here on Thursday, Negi said out of 85 vacancies for the post of assistant agriculture officers, 40 people were given posting by subverting norms.

The norms, he said, mention that only a person having graduation or post-graduation qualification in agriculture science is eligible for the post.

He claimed 40 people were plain graduates or post graduates and some of them later did a diploma in agriculture, which is against the norms.

Negi showed an “official letter” in which then secretary (agriculture) Om Prakash purportedly directed the then agriculture director that graduates and post graduates in relevant field would be eligible for the post.

The letter, he said, also said the necessary amendment has to be made in the rules manual within three months.

Om Prakash, now principal secretary to the Uttarakhand chief minister, told HT: “The appointments are made through the state public services commission. If anyone has any grievance, he or she can approach courts or the commission for redressal.”

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 19:48 IST